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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Athanasia Karaioannoglou, Greece

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Proposal Title: Marked for life, 02/18/2008, Other

Proposal Synopsis: What should a memorial be? Should it be pompous and loud? Should it be the world's tallest building? The 9/11 proposal has been hotly debated since its inception, yet there is still no conclusion. A memorial is a gesture with many important roles. It is a medium through which events are remembered and taught. It provides comfort for the loss of a loved one; a way to both mourn and inspire hope. Hope for a new start, hope for new life, hope for peace. The clearer the gesture, the louder the message. This proposal is a citizen driven gesture. On the nineteenth of March, the Baghdad river will turn red. The glow of candles on the riverbanks offsets the solemn glow of red underwater lights in the river. For an entire day, the river is red as the lights maintain their vigil. Yet as the day draws to an end, the lights are off, the candles are blown out and life goes on. Life has to go on. A spectacular, scary, blunt and very direct message in memory of those lost.

Artist's Biography: Born in Greece in 1981, a final year student of Architecture with studies both in the UK and Greece. Having worked in a large architectural firm in Greece for 2 years and taken part in several international competitions she is just now preparing to launch her professional career. Her major interests lie within urban planning, painting, sculptural art and architecture and last but not least environmental design, an area which she's eager to pursue.

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