Proposal Title: Ribbons of Remembrance, 10/15/2008, Sculpture
Proposal Synopsis: War tends to fragment history into segments of pre and post-war. Pre-war Iraq was littered with memorials to past commanders. These rigid forms commemorated the style of former regimes. Post-war Iraq seeks a revolt against these forms. By using a revolving ribbon shape, the previous solidarity is broken apart in an open sculpture. Each band of the helix is moveable, allowing users to be the ones in control of their surroundings. Metal pulled from destroyed buildings is reconstituted into links which in aggregate create the spiral band.
This also is a different war, one in which names and bodies are only an estimate. To denote the dead, notches are placed every decimeter along the Ribbon. Notches dictate the sculpture's length and allow survivors to make each mark their own
One of the main priorities for post war Iraq is to establish a safe transit system connecting major cities. As a memoriam, these Ribbons will be placed near transportation hubs in Iraq and US allied countries. For those who did not experience the war first hand, these sculptures serve as a reminder of the cost of war. To civilians who survived the fighting, they are a beacon of remembrance and hope.
Artist's Biography: Student of Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia.
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