Dimensions: 37 x 21.5 x 17.75″
Media: wood, leather, aluminum, steel
The concept of technology being driven by military motivations is inherent in Messenger by artist Walter Robinson. Messenger is a reference to war, with a reference to the work of German painter Otto Dix. A Prosthetic leg is composed out of a code wheel which was a design devised by Thomas Jefferson for encrypting messages during the American Revolutionary War. There is a tattoo of a bluebird on the ankle, referencing the naval tradition of officers receiving a bluebird tattoo when they cross the equator; a symbol of hope and freedom. The irony is that the bluebird tattoo appears on the prosthetic leg. The platform shoe gives a sense of humor, levity, and a fashion concern to the very poignant theme.
Walter Robinson’s works in the medium of visual metaphor. His works are language puzzles waiting to be solved in the mind of the viewer. Using wit, pun, synonym, and homonym, each piece contains multiple layers of encoded information, popular references, and personal histories. They must be taken in the context in and of themselves to be solved and resolved.