Proposal Synopsis: As I go around Iraq trying to find solace from the present conflict, I wander through a secluded area of Zawra Park. A fenestrated view through a grove of trees reveals a large serpentine sculpture. As I approach, I cross a circle of concrete and see the sculpture rests on a dark rectangle of granite set flush with the ground plane.
Looking into the twisting symbol of infinity, images of the area are reflected on its unblemished surface. Reaching out to touch those reflective images, I envision the faces of all the innocent spirits lost during the conflict and am overcome by emotions. My uncontrollable tears serendipitously rain down and splash into very shallow water.
Only now do I become aware of the fact I am actually standing in wetness that is running across the granite rectangle like a "River of Tears." I remain momentarily transfixed but as the time flows by, I gather my thoughts and return to my responsibilities. Before I leave the grove, I take one last look back on the monument and notice that my footprints have left a trail across the concrete perhaps signifying "Footprints of Sorrow" evoked by tragic memories of the conflict.
Artist's Biography: Dale Hall is an instructor in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. For the past 16 years he has practiced as a licensed, registered landscape architect and certified planner. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a Master of Public Administration, and is currently working toward a Master of Landscape Architecture. His career forte is in the practice and administration of planning, landscape architecture, and public interests.
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