March of Progress

Oil on canvas
48 inches x 56 inches
©1995

This is perhaps Mark Henson’s most popular political piece and the saddest.
It reflects the deep-seated awareness of impending global disaster that touches all of our hearts,
and yet we feel so helpless before “The March of Progress”. 

A woman with child flees in terror from the monster.
The animals panic before the bloodshot eyes and weapon’s scope.
A man in a suit giving the peace sign, nuclear power plants as antennas stand on top the monster’s head.
Death masks of toxic waste and poisons spew from a missile studded face.
Mindless military tanks herd corporate clear cutting loggers towards the garbage filled beach 
as a whale lies bleeding on the sand.
Fiery nuclear mushroom clouds fill the sky
as attack jets fly over glow in the darkened seats of global government.
The entire monster forms a dollar sign, capitalism, greed, materialism
 devoid of anything but primal survival dynamics run amok.
We are our worst enemy.
The sacrifice is enormous, the unnecessary suffering immense,
the tools are in the hands of madmen, caught in cycles of fear.
This thinking comes from memory patterns that are not valid anymore.
There is nothing “out there” that can get us.
We have killed everything that could already.
The solution: Be kind to our friends the animals, and reach beyond being only animal. 
Show compassion to all our earthly cohabitants.
The 123 ENDANGERED SPECIES
Gorilla
Human
Dog
Moose
Pronghorn Sheep
Elephant
Zebra
Ocelot
Newt
Garter Snake
Green Snake
Lizard
Amazon Parrot
Bull Frog
Snail
Toad
Golden Toad
Cockroach
Monarch Butterfly
Skink (Gecko)
Pangolin
Leopard
Blackbuck
Anteater
Tortoise
Slender Hornsnake
Wild Boar
Thompsons Gazelle
Wildebeest
Saiga Antelope
Euro Rabbit
Red Wolf
Elano
Wolverine
Raccoon
Osterich
Tiger
Farm Duck
Skunk
Box Turtle
Sheep
Goat
Agouti
Mustanh
Euro Ox
Bandicote Possum
Red Kangaroo
Rock Wallaby
Nile Crocadile
Giant Panda
Wild Ass
Aardvark
Siberian Ibex
Barbarua
Red River Hog
Penguin
Stoat
Porcupine
Rusty Wombat
Scimitar Horned Ox
Lion
Llama
Couger
Kamodo Dragon
Buffalo
Malagasy Civet
Silver Back Jackel
Grey Wolf
Gila Monster
Lion Maned Tersier
Coral Snake
Rattle Snake
American Bison
Water Buffalo
Polar Bear
Wart Hog
Cape Buffalo
Backtrian Camel
Kodiak Bear
Hippopotemus
Okapi
Doll Sheep
Frilled Lizard
Jack Rabbit
Tapir (Malgy)
7 Banded Armadillo
Bat
Swan
Monki
Kiwi
Domestic Pig
Panther
Coyote
Bald Eagle
American Deer
Dromedary Camel
Giraffe
Echidwa
Radiated Tortoise
Iguana
Cobra
Flamingo
Dove
Scarlet Macaw
Owl
California Condor
Swift
Japanese Crane
Peregrin Falcon
Pelican
Toucan
Stork
Bee Eater
Cock-O-the Walk
Great Hornbill
Mallard
Swallow
Ring Neck Pheasant
Hoatzin
Hawaiian Goose
Long Tailed Hawk
American Avocet
Hump Back Whale
Eastern Bluebird
Red-billed Blue Magpie
Magnificent Fruit Dove
Wandering Albatros
Reslpendant Quetzal

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