Brooklyn-based conceptual artist Michael Murphy‘s methodological approach to creating multi-dimensional, sculptural pieces aims to connect the viewer’s experience with layers of delicate meaning. The artist recently created a controversial installation, titled Gun Country for the 2014 open art competition ArtPrize. The 18 feet high installation consists of 130 plastic guns suspended in the air by clear fibers to create a graphical illusion of the map of United States.
The installation neither aims at supporting or opposing the current gun policy in the USA. Instead, it is intended to stimulate a conversation about guns and gun related issues in the United States.
“Through this conversation, it is my hope that people will think more critically about their stance on this topic. With this conversation, the thoughts and ideas of viewers can become externalized lending themselves to closer personal scrutiny and critical reflection.” explains Michael Murphy
The large installation can currently be found on the terrace of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.