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1. Does "look a bit like traditional war memorials" has a positive meaning that is "have some similarities to traditional war memorials"?
2. Does "à la British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher" mean "similar to Margaret Thatcher's policies"?
Bill Woodrow’s Cold War sculptures cast in bronze from found objects – such as Refugee (1989) – look a bit like traditional war memorials. Refugee resembles a broken wheelbarrow, whose contents are pouring out of it. Works such as this in the 1980s reflected artists’ attempts to blend postmodernism and conservative traditionalism, à la British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Found objects equated with popular culture but harked back to tradition and the conservative ethos. Specifically, Refugee, by its very title, counters the usual bronze subject of hero or sacrificial victim (Art and War by Laura Brandon).