carrion

 
 

Using the uniform of my best friend’s boyfriend, a British soldier recently injured in and returned from Iraq, I made an effigy representing a soldier. I placed it in Trafalgar Square near Nelson’s column. After sprinkling birdseed over the effigy, I encouraged the pigeons at the square to eat off the man, causing them to resemble carrion birds. The soldier whose uniform I used was in a tank when it drove over a bomb. The bomb exploded and shot through the bottom of the tank, going through his calf and into the chest of one of his comrades. He was initially left for dead, but as the medic was turning to leave the incident site, he took a gurgling breath. He fought for his life for several days, fighting infection and serious loss of blood. Due to infection, and a series of amputations he lost his entire leg.