2015 - Parachute Flowers
BRANCH: U.S. Army
ARTIST: Terrance Weinzierl
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MEANING BEHIND THE DESIGN:
With a passion for his career in the military, Vietnam veteran Bill Lanford is a man that is always at the ready with a good story. From his time as a paratrooper to his life as a military recruiter, Lanford’s passion for working with others towards accomplishing a shared goal is evident throughout his life’s journey. He has always been at the ready to coach others – whether literally as a football coach, or figuratively as he so willingly shares his wisdom and worthy advice with others.
Lanford’s story shifts from surviving the chaos of war in Vietnam to a well-earned peaceful retirement of operating flower shops with his wife. Terrance Weinzierl channels this contrast through the image of parachutes mimicking lotus flowers – both reminiscent of Bill’s military time and the fruitful life that has followed thereafter.
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