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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Micah Rogers, United States

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Proposal Title: Arms Held High, 10/15/2008, Mixed media

Proposal Synopsis: Using the evocative and universal language of hands in motion, "Arms Held High" exists as a haunting, yet appropriate, tribute to those who have been lost in the Iraqi conflict. An entry walkway leads visitors on axis into a star-shaped plaza that emulates Islamic, Christian, and secular forms in addition to suggesting an outstretched hand. A central tree, seemingly rising from a wall of water, provides organic character to a largely inorganic space. The dominant features of the space, however, are hundreds of sculpted "arms" rising from the ground; these arms, all human-scaled, will be composed of various colors, materials, and motions, representing the unique voice of every person lost. Combined, they form a unified effect that evokes a truly passionate response from those who visit the memorial. As the path engages the sculpture area, it sinks below the ground plane. Lined on either side by frosted glass that houses various etched quotes, the path ends ironically in a wall of water, disallowing a complete rotation through the plaza. As one looks up from this space, the arms, now 8 feet above, stretch towards the sky, challenging those below to consider what it is they are reaching for.

Artist's Biography: Originally from the small town of Brevard, North Carolina, Micah Rogers is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia. With a background in Landscape Design, Horticulture, Graphic Design, Photography, and Landscape Theory, Rogers plans on owning his own Urban Design/Brownfield Restoration firm in the near future. Rogers believes that the spaces we create and inhabit can change the way we view the world around us, and, if created and used correctly, can simultaneously challenge and comfort as they teach.

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