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They break the system, they change everything - Davide Dormino on Assange-Manning-Snowden sculpture

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Published on Dec 8, 2014

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Davide Dormino, the sculptor behind a planned set of life size bronze sculptures of whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Chelsea Manning, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about his project to immortalise the whistleblowers through art. He explains his project started from the idea of courage and freedom, and he picked the three as being examples of contemporary revolutionaries, saying ‘they break the system… remind us how important it is to know the truth.’ He says he chose the chair for its double meaning, as it is comfortable, and being comfortable stops people evolving, but can also be raised to adjust your point of view. There is also an empty chair, to allow any of us the opportunity to change our point of view and stand up next to these men. He thinks the artwork is for everyone, and could travel from country to country as a symbol, to create discussion and make people question more. He met Julian Assange last week, and says it was powerful as he has lived for 1900 days in a claustrophobic environment, but he is someone that has changed the world. Assange described the concept as ‘very strong.’ His kickstarter campaign to fund the project needs £100,000 to cast the sculpture and move it to the main square. He says that the three ‘heroes’ took the courage to do something, and ended up branded traitors. Seeing the sculptures should prompt people to choose which side they want, and he says it is ‘important to choose life.’
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