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Fertile State Palmetto Crescent

    Fertile State Palmetto Crescent is a kinetic sculpture drawing cultural connections through shared symbology. The crescent, at the center of rotation, references two national and political histories. It is a symbol found adorning architecture throughout the middle east from the spread of the Ottoman Empire. Atop many mosque spires, including those in Iraq, the symbol is commonly associated with the influence of Islam. Alternatively the crescent was worn by South Carolina soldiers during the American War for Independence and later found on Confederate uniforms originating in South Carolina during the civil war. At present, the crescent is found on the SC state flag adjacent a palmetto tree, another symbol referencing the state’s wartime history. The project is a consideration of the histories, and politics of these symbols and the way they are constantly circulating in the artist's life.

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