To Shot Down An Idea

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How do you represent an idea? I was given the phrase “shoot down an idea,” with instructions that I should create a simplified piece of art representing the phrase. Basically, to create an icon.

I spent quite awhile thinking about what the phrase means and what besides ideas we shoot down, such as animals and planes. It seems to me there is an inherent violence in the statement. That it implies an antagonist and protagonist. Some one is proud that they shot down someone else, or they are angry that someone shot them down.

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