6 Jan
"Made in China" soldier portrait by Joe Black

Artist Joe Black’s “Made in China”, an amazingly intricate and creative work of art, should be considered a metaphorical piece. With thousands of toy soldiers making up photographer Robert Capra’s 1938 LIFE magazine portrait of a Chinese solider, it conveys visually how each individual soldier is part of a collective that contributes to the military […]


2 May
The hell of war comes home

A commentary on the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on the waves of American veterans returning from tours of duty in Iraq. These toy soldiers — an obvious twist on the ubiquitous green plastic soldiers kids play with the world over — are an art project titled Casualties of War. As creators Dorothy write: “The […]


21 Jan
Turning soldiers back to children

Props to UNICEF for these Child Soldier Toys — sure they look like those ubiquitous green plastic soldiers everyone grew up playing with (actually, do kids even play with those anymore?), but a closer look reveals they’re actually kids at play. It’s a clever and subversive way to bring attention to the global crisis (especially […]