UpsideDown Artwork

 

Harold Davis

Olympic Meltdown

Acrylic

23x18

$500

Harold Davis

Olympic Meltdown


Our “Stars and Stripes were Under Siege” with the aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic. People were unable to see their children, grandchildren and friends. They were unable to travel without a health crisis dooming overhead which would affect every aspect of their lives. In the first year of the pandemic, I was unable to share the Easter dinner table with my family nor attend my 94 year old father’s funeral in South Carolina. There was an eerie sense of the world as if the world had stood still.

Our flag was attacked by an invisible enemy. Everyone you saw, everywhere you travelled and everyone and everything you touched and held put your life in jeopardy. Everyone wondered when would it end or who would be become the next victim. The virus was an invisible and silent killer which paralyzed the country and world.

The days seemed clearer and the atmosphere was cleaner as less fossil fuel polluted the air around the world. I read that people in India could see the Himalayan Mountains once again after the smog dissipated. We began to appreciate the little things and pleasures around us that were taken for granted. For example, the Summer Olympics were postponed and athletes around the world had to retrain. Zoom became the popular way to communicate with others for schools, businesses, medical and social events.

In the end, Old Glory would once again survive, and its people would slowly triumph against the brutal attack of COVID-19. People began to fill the streets and venues, and schools reopened. I felt compelled to create the flag sculpture as I felt the strength that our flag represented. Faith gave us hope and strength. Things would be difficult, but we would endure and hope would triumph in the end.

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