"STRANGERS", Lightsabers

SCULPTURE 1/1

2018

The pink lightsaber turns off in real-time when a man commits suicide in the UK.

The blue lightsaber turns off in real-time when a woman commits suicide in the UK.

These lightsabres are used to convey social statistics through familiarity with popular culture. The sabres show the real-time rates at which males and females commit suicide in the United Kingdom.

In Star Wars IV: A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi, tired of life post fall of the republic, surrenders his life to Darth Vader by saying.

“You can‘t win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine”

This is meant to convey the beauty behind the fantasy of suicide, if only those suffering could blissfully become more powerful than anyone could imagine. The idea that they would become one with the force, a peaceful, enlightened being.

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