David Buckingham, ‘Sirhan Sirhan (. 22 caliber) ’, Artist's Proof

Cut and found welded metal. . 22 caliber
His Gun series are historically correct replicas of guns steeped in American pop culture. Each gun is an iconic symbol that greatly influenced cultural identity.

On June 5, 1968, Sirhan shot and killed Senator Robert Kennedy, who was campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president and had just won the California primary. Kennedy was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy, who'd been assassinated in 1963. Robert Kennedy had served as attorney general in his brother’s cabinet and was the Democratic front-runner at the time of his death. Sirhan shot Kennedy four times, leading to his death 26 hours later. As corroborated by an Inside Edition TV interview decades later, Sirhan greatly resented Kennedy’s support of the Six-Day War intervention in Israel the previous year.

About David Buckingham

American, b. 1958, New Orleans, LA, United States, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States