Friday, September 09, 2005


Crescent of Embrace

Embrace of what?

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Four years after United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a reclaimed strip mine near Shanksville, Somerset County, on Sept. 11, 2001, the design that will serve as the national memorial was unveiled here yesterday in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hall of Flags.

"Crescent of Embrace" will feature a Tower of Voices, containing 40 wind chimes -- one for each passenger and crew member who died -- and two stands of red maple trees that will line a walkway caressing the natural bowl shape of the land. Forty separate groves of red and sugar maples will be planted behind the crescent, and a black slate wall will mark the edge of the crash site, where the remains of those who died now rest.

(Via lgf)
Here's an image of the winning design:

Absolutely outrageous. Zombie breaks it down.

How could anyone even conceive of crafting a memorial to victims of Islamic terror dominated by a giant red Islamic crescent, much less actually propose such a thing? Unless, of course, the desired result is to commemorate just the terrorists. What, exactly, is it the designer is trying to communicate? It is unbelievable that something like this was even submitted, let alone that it was selected. What were those judges thinking?

Please let the National Park Service and the winning designer, Paul Murdoch, know what you think.


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