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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): HAYES FAIRCHILD, United States

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Proposal Title: Rift In Tradition, 10/17/2008, Other

Proposal Synopsis: Breaking from Tradition This design leads the user into an underground cave where in the center is a memorial to all innocent civilians who have lost their lives in the Iraqi War. The intent of the designer was to create a very experiential journey that would cause one to pause and truly think about the hundreds of thousands of innocent lives lost. This is done through the use of contrast. For example, the visitor would leave a grass lawn and descend down into a cave that begins extremely dark and becomes lighter and lighte. From the lawn, an innocent Iraq man and child can be seen in a picture through a glass dome. That man and child are representative of all civilians. Seeing this causes the visitor to wonder what is below the surface, and so the journey begins. The Memorial will be located in front of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. By placing the Memorial on their territory for them to experience they will accept it just like a gift. This can begin to bring the different Iraqi people together and also feel a sense of remorse from the United States.

Artist's Biography: Hayes Fairchild is from Jacksonville, Florida and will graduate with his Master's degree in Landscape Architecture Spring 2009. His interests included therapeutic site design and healing gardens. He also is researching how to bring healing landscapes into society as a whole. At the moment, these entities only seem to be in hospitals. However, every individual could benefit, even before they are ill.

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