whole: In the form of a bullet, tipped with black onyx. The bullet is topped by a bow, with the words 'WAR PROLIFERATES'
etched into it repeatedly. On the back of the bow is a small brooch pin.
Pierre Cavalan, Polly Wales and Jen Townsend adapted the traditional form of the war medal for a touring exhibition, staged in 2004, to protest against the Iraq War. Cavalan combines found enamel badges referencing petrol and oil with two skeletons, memento mori, suggesting that people are dying for oil. Wales adresses a similar theme by making a link between big business, represented by the pinstripe fabric, and the fish-hook with a garnet drop, suggesting spilled blood. Jen Townsend also links war and futile death, through a bullet wrapped in a mourning ribbon. The inscription, war proliferates, implies an endless cycle of violence.