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The Sandy Hook shooting tragedy encouraged us to create a poster that might bring to the attention of the public, the recurring issue of gun control, and the role guns play in these tragic events. Regardless of the motive, guns are invariably involved in all these mass shootings. This poster is part of an on-going series we have been working on that deals with the issue of gun control (or the lack thereof) and the prevalence of guns in these tragic events. The Sandy Hook tragedy is still shocking to us. Even after all this time, little has changed in terms of sensible gun control and the national dialog about gun control hasn't moved much either.
We knew we wanted to create an image that used the American flag, along with bullet holes — each bullet hole representing a victim in the shooting. We went through many iterations of the flag, from illustration to photo recreations until we came up with the idea to recreate the flag as if drawn by a child. Eventually, we ended up illustrating the elements by hand, then photoshopped the remaining elements and assembling the whole to complete the poster. As in other iterations of this theme, we wanted the typography to be minimal (and were initially inspired by the simplicity of On Kahara's date paintings) and yet be a powerful reminder of the both the aim of the poster, as well as the time and location of the tragedy.
The finished result is a large format poster that speaks directly to the tragedy of the Sandy Hook shooting, while also asking the fundamental question about gun control and how it relates to these events.