This project was inspired by one of my favorite novels, "The Outsiders" by S. E. Hinton. In the novel, Robert Frost's poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay" becomes the focal point as each character is faced with the harsh realities of life. The poem is also applicable to real life as all good things ultimately come to an end. The idea of remaining pure and innocent forever is humanly impossible as we all will eventually be exposed to and confronted with the world's cruelties.
The manipulated weapons symbolize the loss of youthfulness, corruption and weakness. The toy soldiers are painted gold in order to reflect the "golden years" of our childhood that is eventually lost over time. As we continue to grow, we experience and quickly learn how unpredictable, unforgiving and unsafe the world can be, no matter what we believe.