Al Farrow – Firearms Artist

Al Farrow is a San Francisco-based artist who leans heavily toward sculpture. Al’s not a friend of guns. Or religion. When Barak Obama was talking at that San Francisco fundraiser back in 2008 about all the bitter clingers, it seems a safe bet that Al might have been in attendance. But you have to hand it to Al because the man is talented…

Al’s got a minor fixation on reliquaries, receptacles for the physical remains of saints.  Here’s Al’s take on the The Trigger Finger of Santa Guerro.

Santa Guerro, or for you Spanish-challenged folks, Saint War. Here’s how Al describes his work:

The sculptures are an ironic play on the medieval cult of the relic, tomb art, and the seductive nature of objects commissioned and historically employed by those seeking position of power. I am playfully employing symbols of war, religion and death in a facade of architectural beauty and harmony.

You have to appreciate the quality and quantity of work that goes into one of Al’s pieces. My guess is that I’d have to sell my home to afford it, but I’d love to commission him to sculpt a working gun safe for me.

 

comments

  1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

    Sweet! But my girl drew the line with the grenade lamp…

    1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

      I do love my custom Steel Flame jewelry. Each piece has a real bullet hole through it-mine is 9mm-and then assembled. They are sterling silver.

    2. avatar Bob H says:

      Did you at least get to keep your stocking leg lamp? After all it was a “Major Prize.”

      1. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

        LOL! “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

  2. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    During a trip to China almost ten years ago, I saw a souvenir model of a MiG-21 made entirely of (hopefully) inert 20mm, 7.62mm and 9mm cartridges at a People’s Liberation Army gift shop. It had a fascinating Mao-era vibe to it, but I didn’t buy it because I doubted I could get it through airport security or customs. We flew back from China on September 19th, 2001.

  3. avatar Aruges says:

    I believe the deYoung art museum in San Fransisco has a model cathedral this guy made completely out of gun parts. Extraordinary work. Total crap as propaganda, though. I kept marveling on how detailed he made it and what parts came from what guns. Totally forgot it was supposed to be a grand statement on how the church is responsible for thus and such outrage of the moment and don’t you feel ashamed!

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