The Design of Public Memorials

By Walkup, Nancy | School Arts, May-June 2004 | Go to article overview

The Design of Public Memorials


Walkup, Nancy, School Arts


For Teachers

The design of the World Trade Center Memorial has been in the news lately, the focus of much controversy. Initially six designs were submitted but seven others soon replaced them after objections by both critics and the public. A recently announced design is a collaboration between Daniel Libeskind, David Childs, and Michael Arad. Issues surrounding the design of memorials may be explored by you and your students, and then followed through in their own design proposals for specific monuments.

www.thewtcmemorial.com/

The World Trade Center Memorial must be a response to the single greatest disaster in modern history. Creating an appropriate memorial is no easy task. The official site offers comprehensive information that includes news, history, personal accounts, poetry, illustrations, and much more.

www.pbs.org/art21/discuss/ archive/

Art 21: Art in the 21st Century provides a forum about two of the artists on the World Trade Center Memorial jury, Maya Lin and Martin Puryear. Included are thoughtful questions for class discussion.

www.wtcsitememorial.org

The winning design of the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition, available at this site, is called Reflecting Absence and is the work of Michael Arad and Peter Walker.

www.911digitalarchive.org/

The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of the 9/11 attacks. You might share some of the stories or images at your discretion with your students.

www.americanhistory.si.edu/ september11/

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has a similar site, called Bearing Witness to History.

www.livingmemorialsproject. net/

The response of the U.S Forest Service to September 11 was to create the Living Memorials Project. Browse this site to see if you would like to create a similar project with your students. …

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