I’m not familiar with the artist, Mark Eastridge, but this is one powerful bronze sculpture.

Detail: MARK EASTRIDGE, Gas Mask

Detail: MARK EASTRIDGE, Gas Mask

At first glance the power of this piece—its literal depiction of the defensive response to chemical warfare— seems to be its relevance to the wars of the last century.

The greater impact comes from the artist’s use of bronze to illustrate the fragile, unpredictable life of the men and women going into battle behind the mask.

Bronze—brittle and unforgiving—is a perfect medium for this piece. At 21 inches tall, on a granite base, the total piece seems larger than life. Looking closer, the mask’s head-straps seem to be thin, way too flimsy to guarantee any form of life support. The straps seem to be supported only by hope and conviction.

The piece is hitting the auction block on November 20, 2014.

The listing:

Description: Artist: Mark Eastridge, American || Title: Nonsense (Gas Mask) || Medium: Bronze Sculpture with Green Patina on Granite Base (unsigned) || Size: 24 in. (60.96 cm) tall

Artist or Maker: Mark Eastridge
Auction estimate: $7,500 – $9,500

I predict this will sell above the pre-auction estimate. And, I’ll be watching.

MARK EASTRIDGE, Gas Mask, side view

MARK EASTRIDGE, Gas Mask, side view