This is the tenth sculpture in Woodrow’s series devoted to the theme The Ship of Fools, a commentary on the foolishness of mankind, wrapped in wry humour. Endeavour comprises uncomfortably penetrating insights into human nature, particularly, mankind’s seeming inability to learn from experience. At first sight, the bronze cannon looks real and convincing, a traditional weapon of war resembling the type of memorial to war one might see outside a public institution. On closer inspection, the sculpture reveals combinations of absurd imagery, highlighting the idiocy of mankind. The cannon balls are casts of globes. The gun– barrel is the trunk of a tree, sprouting a leafy growth. The trunk is supported by a crouching ‘stick’ man with a dog’s head, biting itself on the arm, hindering its own progress—an act of futility. In endowing the figure with obvious male genitalia, Woodrow here implies warfare’s link to masculinity.