Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fukt: Iwo Jima McDonald's stencil

(Grafton St, Chippendale, Sydney)

The parallels between US World War II triumphs and US capitalist achievements are strong, street artist Fukt has indicated in this stencil.

It towers over the legal Grafton St wall like a flat statue, paying homage to the brave soldiers who decimated the Japanese Imperial Army at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

Look at the passion in this soldier's limbs, willing the post to the summit.

Note the black and white face getting a good look at his balls.

Fukt is stating something else. Perhaps these men fought so brands like McDonald's could inseminate suburbs, subways and shopping centres around the world.

And perhaps this iconic symbol was a prelude to what the US now stands for - cheezburgers, a high obesity rate and Oprah.


This is Joe Rosenthal's original photograph atop Mount Suribachi. The Wikipedia page on the Battle of Iwo Jima is a great piece of historical writing.

It was written by a first year Bachelor of Arts student with an acne problem who received a high distinction for describing the battle with incredible bias toward the US using data manipulation and fact generalisations.

That's fukt.


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