Religious Sites Made of Guns and Ammunition




San Francisco-based sculptor Al Farrow uses ammunition and firearms to build astonishing miniature churches, synagogues, and mosques. His religious architecture builds on his exploration of religious history and violence. Farrow’s choice of sculptural materials include deconstructed guns, bullets, glass, steel, bone, and found objects from antiquity, such as a vintage Torah cover and pieces of 16th century Italian velvet. His unsettling juxtaposition of content—symbolic religious structures with weaponry and history-laden found objects—is both visually stunning and emotionally confounding.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Al Farrow has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than forty years. An accomplished sculptor in a wide variety of media, Farrow generally adopts the language of an historical period in his work, updating the imagery or materials to make cogent observations about contemporary society and to reconcile disparate, and on occasion opposing narratives and histories.

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