Columbia Poet Laureate Ed Madden and his husband, Bert Easter, have created “In Guns We Trust,” a window installation now on display at Tapp’s Arts Center on Main Street.
“In Guns We Trust,” according to the artists, “is meant to draw attention to the almost religious devotion to guns in America, which prevents us from
talking about reasonable control legislation. It is a chapel to the gun with banners (including a quote from Wayne LaPierre and another intoning, in good Republican fashion, “Now is
not the time”), a communion tray with cups filled not with wine but with spent AR-15 bullets, a trinity of toy machine guns in the air (their laser targets trained on the sidewalk),
an image of Dana Loesch as the traditional guardian angel, and a child crucified on a cross made of guns. We hope the window helps to start conversations about this topic and raises
awareness about our American devotion to a culture of guns.”
We spoke to Dr. Madden about the public art’s creation and purpose.