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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Cat Soergel Marshall, United States

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Proposal Title: LIGHT TRAILS, the moveable Iraqi life memorial, other, 03/05/2008, Other

Proposal Synopsis: This proposal introduces a moveable memorial armature to the global landscape dedicated to the remembrance of the lost civilian lives in the Iraqi landscape. Installed at various Iraqi developmental edges as a catalyst for the celebration of life, the piece narrates the causality figures through distance, time, light and energy. Touring global communities the light trail can lengthen as causalities increase it is connected to the land through battery packs, harnesses energy from solar beds it will choreograph the evening terrain through incandescent light trails. The initial phase traces approximately 88,800 deaths to date at a total distance of 355m in length. As the number of casualties grows the light trail lengthens, registering 250 causalities per meter. If needed the memorial light trail can be stationed in a new edge territory as it continues to respond to casualties. Finally, the light trail will begin it's global migration. It is movable memorial of life, educating the international community as it traces new terrain outside of Iraq.

Artist's Biography: Cat Soergel Marshall is a professor of landscape architecture at Louisiana State University, she holds a MLA from Harvard University and has been awarded faculty research grants from LSU and a traveling fellowship from Harvard's Graduate School of Design for conducting research on the landscape experience. Her work centers on tracing the past, by (re)inventing landscape territories by creating site specific works in intermediate landscapes that elaborate on the memory of our environments through designs that articulate existing and proposed landscape cycles.

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