“The purpose of war is peace", Sun Tzu
At the start of the seventies, having got my Business Administration Degree at
Boston University, I was living in London feeling very fortunate to be in the most wonderful city of the world at the best of times. So much so that I was quite sure that the centre of the world went through Sloane Square and that I could see the imaginary
axis of the earth actually pierce out of it. That is a fact that I insist upon, to this very day, to all that care to listen.
At the time, a German
friend of mine named Bianca Löwenstein, who was a sculptress, asked me to pose for her to make a mould of my head which later could be used to cast a bronze head. She told me she would not charge anything for it, and I would only pay, if later I wished
to make a copy for myself. I agreed to her project and as a consequence we spent many very pleasant afternoons in her atelier in Putney, across the Thames, chatting away while she worked.
I then lived in a lovely flat in Lowndes Square, that I had rented and later bought, and was very happy there and the bronze head became part of the decor. At about the same times, some acquaintances of mine, had made some belts out of empty bullet
cartridges, which they proceeded to sell, and I thought it was a fun idea and I bought one. Later I came to the conclusion that it was much too heavy to be worn and it would be much better as a crown for the bronze head. It was then that named my creation
The Warrior. And in this way it stayed, for a long time, and I thought it so successful that I took some photos of it. So this is the origin of the photos on the cover.