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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Peter Di Salvo, Canada

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Proposal Title: Iraqi Memorial Commemorating Civilian Deaths, 03/18/2008, Other

Proposal Synopsis: Situated in an oasis-like setting in the desert, this memorial to the civilian deaths in Iraq draws its inspiration from the common traditional central courtyard houses of the 19th and early 20th century that would be home to the typical Iraqi family. A series of simple multipurpose rooms in which various exhibits can be presented surround an open courtyard with a fountain in the middle. Bare, unadorned concrete walls with an exposed timber roof structure set on a square raised plinth evoke images of destructon and death while the large circular pool of water and the grid of palm trees (655, one for every thousand estimated civilian deaths) that surrounds it, symbolize life that must and will go on.

Artist's Biography: Peter Di Salvo was born in Siculiana, Sicily in 1962. He immigrated to Canada with his family shortly thereafter and graduated with honours from Pratt Institute's School Of architecture in 1986. He is currently Supervisor of Architectural Concept Design for Giffels Design Build Inc., an Ingenium company, in Toronto, Canada.

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