Though our quote-unquote schematic really could have doubled as an artefact, we did not know that at the time, so this is the planning stage of the intentional artefact.
We began by trying to spot any iconic or repetitive imagery throughout the movie. We narrowed it down to
- long grass
- Melanesian natives
There was one scene in particular that stood out was a shot of a dying baby bird that had fallen out of its nest in the middle of a big battle.
“One man looks at a dying bird and thinks there’s nothing but unanswered pain. That death’s got the final word, it’s laughing at him. Another man sees that same bird, feels the glory, feels something smiling through it.” – Private Edward P. Train
Since duality and man vs nature seemed to be prominent themes in the film we thought the image of the baby bird dying in the midst of the battlefield should be featured in the artefact.
Our first idea was to have a sculpture of the baby bird lying inside a discarded soldier’s helmet surrounded by the long green grass. This idea was promptly set aside as we decided that our idea was playing it a bit too safe.