If you have visited Atomica recently you will have noticed a stunning new addition to the gallery: The Love Bomb! A collaboration between C4 ‘Four Rooms’ dealer Wendy Meakin and artist Daisuke Sakaguchi, aka THE 27 LIFE, The Love Bomb is a 1960’s British military test bomb that has been transformed into a beautiful symbol of peace.
After purchasing the bomb on ‘Four Rooms’ Wendy approached Daisuke, her student over a decade ago at Central Saint Martins, and the pair came up with a poignant design concept to completely transform the bomb. Known for his distinctive Japanese Tattoo motifs Sakaguchi hand-painted it incorporating traditional Japanese symbols of Love including an octopus and a peach. Once a military memento, the bomb has now taken on a new lease of life; an embodiment of the message infamously advocated by Yoko Ono, ‘Love against Hate’.
“It is my hope that one will stop and think about bombs, their indiscriminate power and what an efficient killing device humans’ have created, we are in this together. Love and peace require patience, empathy, and the ability to sit and talk with those who have diametrically opposed ideologies.” Wendy Meakin
“I am against war and that this bomb had no functional use other than a reminder of what it was once used for…similar bombs like this one, 20,000 of them were dropped on Iraq in one night. We wanted to take a symbol of hate and turn into love. As an artist I feel like I had the opportunity to resurrect it and turn in to something completely unique.” Daisuke Sakaguchi
Wendy and Daisuke also joined us as special guests on our monthly Soho Radio show ArtBeat! We had a great time with them in the studio chatting about The Love Bomb and playing a few of our favorite love songs. Listen to ArtBeat #5 here: http://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/artbeat-2102014/
The Love Bomb will be on display at Atomica Gallery until 30th October 2014. For information regarding acquisition contact firstname.lastname@example.org