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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Megan Mailloux, United States

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Proposal Title: Beacons for Peace, 10/15/2008, Video/Film

Proposal Synopsis: The Beacons for Peace stand brightly in the landscape as lighthouses, guiding those affected by the Iraq War through the darkness to a place of expression and understanding. The Beacons shall be placed throughout the landscapes of both Baghdad and New York City. The impermanence of the tent structure enables them to be transitory if conflict should arise. On the outside of each tent a black flag hangs in mourning. Everyone who enters a Beacon carries the black flag with them and kneels to the ground, placing us all in the same position bowing down in respect to those who have died in the war. On the inside of the Iraqi tents, there is a small computer screen where one can inscribe their words of sorrow, hope or anger. These messages are recorded and transmitted to tents in New York. The Beacons stand to guide both citizens of Iraq and of the United States to a peaceful place of expression and understanding.

Artist's Biography: Megan Mailloux is a graduate student of landscape architecture at the University of Georgia. She plans to finish her MLA degree in the Spring of 2009.

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