Lost Treasure

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Lost Treasure ©2008 Emily Duffy Photo by Sibila Savage

Cross-posted at my blog.

Dimensions: 29″ x 29″ x 21″

Description: Small wood coffin filled with gold soldiers and coins. Inside, lid has an abused reproduction of the Bill of Rights (burned, torn, dragged through the mud, bled on) and an American flag on outside. Base has pertinent news clippings.

Materials: Wood, velvet, metal, paper, toy soldiers, gold coins (plastic) gold metallic paint, amber varnish.  

As of today the George W. Bush’s Iraq Misadventure has cost the U.S. economy $556 billion, and lost 4,168 American lives (that we know of). Is it worth it?


Lost Treasure ©2008 Emily Duffy Photo by Sibila Savage

Some of us knew (even without the benefit of access to clandestine intelligence) that Iraq was not the nation that harbored al-Qaeda. Afghanistan was and now Pakistan is. Iraq was completely uninvolved in the attacks of 9/11 on New York City and Washington D.C. How is it that you and I knew that all along but our government, with all it’s spies and surveillance equipment didn’t? Are we even safer since George W. Bush invaded Iraq?


Lost Treasure Detail ©2008 Emily Duffy Photo by Sibila Savage

Besides the terrible loss of lives, and gobs of our hard-earned money, what else has this illegal war in Iraq cost us? The so-called “Patriot Act”, now in it’s second version, is,

…fundamentally flawed because it relies on a false premise – that America can be safer if we do away with basic checks and balances.  By undermining the role of the courts, Congress and the press in providing a real check on Executive power, Patriot Act 2 directs its ire at the institutions of American democracy instead of at the terrorists that threaten it.  In so doing, it threatens to undermine the rights of ordinary people, not terrorists. –Source


Lost Treasure Detail ©2008 Emily Duffy Photo by Sibila Savage

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Please help spread the link to this blog everywhere you can. This artwork was created for the purpose of making Americans think carefully about the kind of country they want this to be when they vote on November 4, 2008. Do they want a continuation of 8 years of fear, war, division, hate, economic drain, isolationism, and denial of science, climate change, and basic reality? If not, they need to vote for, support, donate to, and cover the back of the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama.


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  1. Thank you for this.  Lost treasure indeed.

    Your art has a way of getting under the skin, initially looks so beautiful, then you look closer and pow!  The message hits like a ton of bricks.

    • OPOL on September 20, 2008 at 21:07

    You are so gifted.  You are making excellent and important art.  More power to you my friend.  🙂

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