Proposal Title: Rivers Flow Through It, 11/22/2011, Installation
Proposal Synopsis: This piece combines sculpture, installation, land art and digital data into an unexpected large-scale guerrilla memorial. It is composed of one-hundred 3' by 3' cement sculptures that contain USB accessible read-only files on data drives. The one-hundred separate sculptures represent the approximately 100,000 civilian deaths that occurred in the Iraq War.
The sculptures would be placed over an expansive swath of land in the Southwestern United States, covering parts of Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. They would be laid so that they for the exact paths of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers as they pass through Iraq. The rivers denote life and our journey through it, as well as a path along which goods and information are exchanged.
Each data drive will contain a complete list of names of the known dead. This redundancy will protect the information after inevitable tampering. They will also contain GPS coordinates for every sculpture as well as photos, obituaries, and an explanation of the project.
Around the upper part of each sculpture will be an inscription that reads "let them never be forgotten" in both Arabic and English.
Artist's Biography: David Tilley is an undergraduate at the University of Nevada, Reno.