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                                Noonday Night
                                                                Noonday Night     2006, Oil on board, 28 x 22

"Shock and awe" has always been part of warfare.  At the close of the last Gulf War, when retreating Iraqi troops set fire to the Kuwait oil fields, the resulting conflagration provided as much shock and awe as anyone could wish.
This amazing image was captured by award-winning photographer. Peter Menzel, from the vantage point of a helicopter during the middle of the day in May 1991. The sun was completely blotted out by the smoke. Griffin has attempted to depict the column of flame as one might a figure on a lime lit stage—which, in political and cultural terms, it was.