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Friday, February 22, 2013
This is my reconstruction of the coat of arms of
the United States, one half of the Great Seal of the USA. The bald eagle
stands with wings outstretched, holding a ribbon (traditionally a
scroll) with "e pluribus unum" in its mouth. In front is the shield with
13 stripes, here engraved on a breastplate. In one foot are arrows,
depicting readiness to fight if needed, while in the other foot are
olive branches, depicting peace. That the eagle faces the olive branches
denotes a preference for peace. Usually, there is one branch and 13
arrows, but I expanded it to make a nest of these materials (though I
imagine half would not be pleasant to sit on). Finally, there are 13
stars above the head, showing through the clouds.
This piece has been sold, but prints are available.