Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.
This series of sculptures, aptly known as Churchtanks, by artist Kris Kuksi presents a controversial re-imagining of cathedrals as heavily armored tanks. Like much of his body of work, Kuksi’s pieces in this collection critique organized religion and comment on morality by combining the faith-based architecture with military force.
The mixed media constructions are meticulously crafted, boasting the utmost detail in both the Baroque-inspired houses of worship and the modern industrial design of the combat vehicles. Through this visual juxtaposition, the sculptor is able to start a conversation. Kuksi’s biography on his website states: “Kris feels that in the world today much of mankind is oftentimes frivolous and fragile, being driven primarily by greed and materialism. He hopes that his art exposes the fallacies of Man, unveiling a new level of awareness to the viewer.”