Albert Vitela

Studio Arts Major

Swords into Plowshares

4’ x 6’ x 3.5’, 16” x 20”

Mixed media assemblage readymade and digital prints


My work is a solution to the ancient vision of World Peace by taking the most obvious weapon, a sword, and re-purposing it into farming equipment. In addition, the triptych reinforces the idea of the problem (nuclear war) and the solution (the negation of all weapons.)


War itself is a disaster that can destroy all life as we know it and can induce climate change at such an advanced rate that it can destroy, in the words of John F. Kennedy, “human, animal, vegetable” life. If we do not act as artists to impress this upon humanity, there will be no more humanity to enjoy nature in future generations. Our aggressive behavior is the root cause of the problem. War is not a solution for world peace, but world peace is a solution to war itself.