FROM SWORDS TO PLOWSHARES

METAL TRENCH ART FROM WORLD WAR I & WORLD WAR II

The metal trench art objects in this exhibition are as varied and unique as the military and civilian artists who created them. The works date from the origins of this brass art form in the trenches of France during the first World War, to post World War II pieces. Makers of trench art utilized artillery shells, bullets, shrapnel, aircraft parts, currency and other miscellaneous metal scrap and applied materials. The ingenuity and skill ranged from primitive artillery shell vases to elaborate lamps, cigarette lighters and ashtrays exhibiting high artistic craftsmanship. The captivating decorative appeal of trench art often reflected stylistic influences of the time, such as Art Nouveau. Often folk art designs with elaborate engraving and repoussé work were incorporated.

 

A number of elements combined during wartime to nurture the production of these pieces: soldiers had long periods of idle time; many came from metalworking occupations; and there often was an abundance of workable material littering the landscape. Soldiers behind the front lines were not the only group that created such souvenirs; prisoners of war and convalescent soldiers also made trench art. Indigenous artisans created pieces to be sold as souvenirs to soldiers during the war or to grieving widows and family members visiting post-war battlefields.

 

Trench art from the following countries is featured in this exhibition: United States, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Belgium and Czechoslovakia.

WWI

WWII

From Swords to Plowshares (WWI Collection) at The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

Exhibition designed by Cameron Faucette, 2018.

Joint Installation with Answering the Call at the Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando, FL.

Concept by Michael Perkins. Photo by Chad Baumer, 2014.

UPCOMING INSTALLATIONS

Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, University Center, MI

July through September 2019

PREVIOUS INSTALLATIONS

Madison Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA

Thronateeska Heritage Center, Albany, GA

Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL

Military History Institute and Museum, Budapest, Hungary

Grout Museum of History and Science, Waterloo, IA

Memphis Pink Palace Museum, Memphis, TN

Gallery at St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA

Orange County Regional History Center, Orlando, FL

SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum, Columbia, SC

Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Springs, CA

Bell County Museum, Belton, TX

National Churchill Museum, Fulton, MO

The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

November 2000 through January 2001

August through September 2003

December 2004 through January 2005

September 2006 through December 2006

April 2007 through September 2007

June through September 2013

February through April 2014

August through December 2014

July 2016 through January 2017 (selections from WWI collection)

February 6 through April 28, 2017

June through August 2017

September 2017 through January 2018

March through July 2018

EXHIBIT SPECIFICATIONS

CONTENT : 

 

 

 

SECURITY REQUIREMENT :

 

SPACE REQUIREMENT :

 

RENTAL FEE :

164 WWI OR 153 WWII metal trench art objects, including artillery shell vases, ashtrays, cigarette lighters, swagger sticks, and other assorted decorative and functional souvenirs. Historical photographs of soldiers producing trench art also included.

 

Moderate. Exhibit cases required for small objects.

 

750 - 1000 square feet

 

$750 / week    

WWI & WWII

CONTENT :

 

 

 

SECURITY REQUIREMENT :

 

SPACE REQUIREMENT :

 

RENTAL FEE :

317 metal trench art objects, including artillery shell vases, ashtrays, cigarette lighters, swagger sticks, and other assorted decorative and functional souvenirs. Historical photographs of soldiers producing trench art also included.

 

Moderate. Exhibit cases required for small objects.

 

1500 - 2000 square feet

 

$1250 / week

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