Sunday, February 11, 2018

An artists' book about war and peace.

Futility 2 is the second artists' book in a series about the futility of war.

©2018 Barry Smith - Cover of Futility 2 with brass button, bullet  and bullet casing from the battle fields of Ypres 
The inner pages have excerpts from three poems stamped into the metal.

The poems and poets are: Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen; The Farmer Remembers the Somme by Vance Palmer; and In Flanders Fields by John McCrae.

©2018 Barry Smith - Excerpts of poems stamped on the pages
©2018 Barry Smith - Excerpts of poems stamped on the pages
The deaths of so many in war is a futile way of achieving peace.

©2018 Barry Smith - Patinated brass uniform button and bullet 'lead' from the battle fields of Ypres


  1. I imagine you impressing each letter indelibly on metal, the words echoing in your mind, over and over

    A gift to you and to us ... imagining peace

  2. This book and the sacred scroll book with their patina of peace evoke many emotions and that is something that I want to think on for a while. Hard metal, polished pieces of materials yet their meaning softens the heart and the quality of patina- something that takes a long time to achieve. Peace is like that, the hope and desire for it over the centuries, sometimes long lasting, other times so fleeing; the one constant-the hope and desire of so many to turn it into a reality...


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