Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne will sell limited edition prints of Roots of War in Popular Song (forest of no return), one of his tree drawings, to benefit art-promotiing organization, Creative Time.
Byrne says this particular tree drawing illustrates the connection between war and popular music. He writes:
In this drawing I propose that the roots of conflict and wars lie in popular song. Well, not exactly. But yes, also. Popular song can be viewed as a measure of sentiment, feeling, and values, and of what a culture projects as their identity…Songs and the sentiments that they contain are emotional memes that worm their way into the general culture and are at the same time a reflection of that culture. In that sense they’re a distillation-culture concentrate. And the hubris, vanity and self-image of a people are all there, waiting to collide with those of The Other, like particles in an accelerator. Lots of energy is released as a result. Is this crazy talk? Maybe, but do you feel lucky? Whatever, the song titles are pretty good — but they’re not, I admit, verifiable.
There are 600 prints of the drawing. The first 200 have already sold out. Print numbers 201-400 will be sold here for $100, and 401-600 will go for $150 a pop.