Eden enlisted in the Air Force out of high school and was assigned the lonely duty of guarding B-52 bombers loaded with atomic bombs. This experience left a life-long imprint that is reflected in his “Roundel Series,” wall relief paintings of twenty and twenty-first century military aircraft insignias, inspired by the insignias on those B-52s. As John says, “As I walked the line around those planes, I was struck by the dichotomy
of their stealthy beauty. How they could be seen as instruments of great good and have the potential of great evil at the same time.”
These images can be viewed for their great craftsmanship, color and beauty and at the same time the symbolic attachment to war is chilling.