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Shotgun Formation On Monday, 4-year-old Alexander Shalal-Esa and friend Kory Otto-Jacobs pressed their noses against the Plexiglas at the Capital Children’s Museum to see the Lion & Lamb Project peace sculpture, a monument to promote peaceful toys in honor of Martin Luther King Day. They stared straight into the 7-foot cube packed on the bottom with guns, action figures, and violent video games and topped with more peaceful stuffed animals, paint sets, and crayons. Apparently, the artists forgot one key principle: Kids are short. They only saw the violent tableau below. “Look! A squirt gun! I’m gonna squirt you!! BANG! BANG! BANG!” exclaimed Otto-Jacobs, grabbing Shalal-Esa. Mindy Nierenberg, whose students at the Massachussetts College of Art had built the sculpture, rushed over and explained to the boys that the sculpture was supposed to promote peaceful play. She asked each child to write a note and slip it into one of several slots on the outside of the sculpture; the accumulated notes will eventually hide the violent bottom layer.

Reporting by Robin Bingham, Kevin Diaz, Laura Lang, and Erik Wemple.

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