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Eggs bring life. Grenades bring death. These Fabergé grenades reveal their uncanny similarity

Toronto artist Dave Krovblit tells you how a decommissioned grenade and a Fabergé egg came together in an explosive photographic series.

"The idea behind art for me is that it's provocative enough that it stops you and you want to look."

(Dave Krovblit)

A grenade is a powerful symbol of destruction, and even a decommissioned one suggests violence. That's what Toronto artist Dave Krovblit noticed when he ended up with one lying around his studio. He found himself uncomfortable with the weapon. But when he thought out its uncanny resemblance to a life-giving egg, the artist's fascination sparked a three-year-long (and still going) art project.

Watch the video:

Dave Krovblit: Fabergé Grenades

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Toronto artist Dave Krovblit tells you how a decommissioned grenade and a Fabergé egg came together in an explosive photographic series. Filmmaker: March Mercanti 4:07

In this video made by filmmaker March MercantiKrovblit opens up about why he became obsessed with photographing grenades and morphing the results into images of decadent and menacing Fabergé-inspired eggs. If you're not familiar with Fabergé, here's a little primer: the intricate ornaments, which originated in nineteenth-century Russia, are still a symbol of affluence (they're coveted and worth more millions of dollars than anybody likes to think about).

(Dave Krovblit)
A grenade is so volatile and destructive; you wouldn't want to hold it. a Fabergé  egg is so beautiful and delicate and priceless; you wouldn't want to hold it!- Dave Krovblit
(Dave Krovblit)

You'll also find out how Krovblit's grenade-egg photographs ended up being an essential ingredient of an award-winning American PSA campaign to end opioid abuse.

Follow Dave Krovblit here. And you can see his work at the 57th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, July 6-8. See more of his Fabergé grenades below:

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(Dave Krovblit)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lise Hosein is a producer at CBC Arts. Before that, she was an arts reporter at JazzFM 91, an interview producer at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. When she's not at her CBC Arts desk she's sometimes an art history instructor and is always quite terrified of bees.

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