Hot Links, Monday Night
Special at the al-Saa, 2003
Hot Links, Monday Night Special at the al-Saa
(steel, bronze, oak, granite-100x104x66cm) the sculpture; and subsequently
a digital collage of the same name, were completed in July of 2003.
In the collage the sculpture is backed with a photo I took of a
meat market in Havana, Cuba, that year.
What is it about?
The following excerpts are from:
On April 7 2003:
-A CIA informant, with access to information about Saddam Hussein's
movements, said the Iraqi leader and his sons Uday and Qusay were
meeting up to 40 senior officials in a bunker below a building at
the back of the al-Saa restaurant, a stronghold of senior Baath
Party leaders and military officers who live in
Baghdad's exclusive Mansur area.
-What is clear is that 12 minutes after getting
his orders, flying at just below 20,000 feet, Colonel Swan unleashed
two GBU-31 bunker-buster bombs designed to penetrate deep into the
target before they exploded. Three seconds later he fired another
two, but set on a 25-millisecond fuse, so they would detonate underground.
-All that was left of the al-Saa restaurant and
its surrounds was a crater more than 50 meters wide and 20 meters
deep. Yesterday relatives sobbed as they watched workers recover
several dismembered and battered bodies of 14 residents they said
were buried in the ruins.
HOT LINKS are a popular sausage prepared
and served at Texas Bar-B-Q's and likely to be a favorite of George