My Anti-War Medal

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Anti-war Medal by Elaine Luther

Here’s my anti-war medal that’s in the Anti-War Medal Show at Gallery I/O in New Orleans. It says, “All Gave Some.”

The title of the piece is “Why Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye,” a reference to the Civil War Era Song. The sheet music I have of it calls it an Irish folk song and it was arranged by Alice Parker.

Here are a few lines:

“When goin’ the road to sweet Athy, Huroo! Huroo!
When goin’ the road to sweet Athy, Huroo! Huroo!
When goin’ the road to sweet Athy, a stick in my hand and drop in my eye, a doleful damsel I heard cry: Johnny, I hardly knew ye.

With your drums and guns and guns and drums, Huroo! Huroo!
With your drums and guns and guns and drums, Huroo! Huroo!
With your drums and guns and guns and drums, the enemy nearly slew ye”

Hearing it in a choral performance is amazing, it’s a powerful and haunting song.

The show may travel to more locations, I’ll announce those as they are known.

Visit Thomas Mann’s Gallery I/O website here. See the rest of the medals in the show here.

Materials: Precious Metal Clay (fine silver), fine silver mesh and black ribbon.

Medal and photograph are (c) Elaine Luther 2007 All Rights Reserved

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5 Responses to “My Anti-War Medal”

  1. Donna Lewis on 30 Dec 2007 at 2:52 am

    Wow, that is really special Elaine. Touching, and as with all your work lovely.

  2. Holly on 30 Dec 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Elaine, It is the artist who records life’s history, not with words, but with images. Your piece speaks from your heart about how you feel about war in a sensitive and personal manner. I am glad it will be traveling, as the statement is a good one.
    Congratulations on your acceptance into the show and for recording “your” statement in history.
    ~ Holly

  3. Charles on 31 Dec 2007 at 7:44 am

    Elaine,

    Beautiful piece, are they available for purchase?

    Thanks,

    Charles

  4. Elaine on 01 Jan 2008 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for your interest Charles! I am looking into making a limited edition series of the medal. I’ll keep you posted.

    Thanks, Elaine


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