July 10, 2007

I Dunno, Ace.

I adore you—you know that. You're, like, my primary blog-crush and all, and I'm not just telling you that because that's why I say to all the boy-bloggers.

However, my dear sweet Master of Spadeossitude . . .

don't you think you might be getting a little black helicoptor, here?

Sometimes landscape architects work with the site, and use universal design elements (they call them "thingies," in AIA literature). Therefore, we have an obelisk commemorating George Washington in the National Mall. Did you hear that? We have a thingie at the National Mall, that is of Egyptian origin, and probably casts a shadow when the sun is shining. It casts a shadow. What could be more unpatriotic than that?

And arcs can look like crescents, and they are partial circles.

And there are pre-WWII houses of worship that feature swastikas, and the Iron Cross has been used in our military.

And some people regard the Confederate Flag as a symbol of rebellion, rather than being emblematic of racism.

Can't we all just calm down and let the landscape architects do their jobs? When the memorial is completed, I want to go there to pray, and thank the citizens who stepped up to the plate on 9/11, rather than contemplating how the Trilateralist Commission probably screwed things up.

Come on, Sweetie. Have some gin or something: it's good for you. At least, it's good for me, and that's the next best thing.

Posted by Attila Girl at July 10, 2007 04:55 PM | TrackBack

I respectfully disagree. I thought we stopped this twice before. The terrorists are NOT to be memorialized. Period. Previous versions had their names listed. And why is that SOB architect stuck on that crescent idea anyway? He wants a crescent? How about a snake curved like a crescent, and a woman stepping on the head of the snake. But that would be rejected, wouldn't it? Religious symbolism. Exactly. I would also have the world's largest hologram duplicating that scene for night viewing. Something visible for miles.

Everyone involved with that memorial project should be fired. Then given to the snake-handling Christians. How did the Left get in charge of this anyway? Let them put the crescent in Berkley.

How many rising sun memorials do you see in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii? It wouldn't even be an issue for the greatest generation. God pity us all. . .

Posted by: Darrell at July 10, 2007 08:16 PM

The arc--or "crescent"--is dictated by the shape of the site.

I mean, everything can be read as a symbol of something else.

And I'll bet the sun does, in fact, rise over Pearl Harbor.

Posted by: Attila Girl at July 10, 2007 08:23 PM

Enough with these crummy park memorials. I want sculpture. I want an actual monument honoring the heroes. If any inspiration is needed tell the designers to drive to Gettysburg. There's plenty of ideas there.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at July 10, 2007 10:02 PM

And two points determine a line. Every site is a blank page to an architect. The site was a strip mine afterall. And that gives me a hint that the topography had been altered already.

Let another architect have a go at it. Someone that is a little less sensitive to the needs of the terrorists.

Posted by: Darrell at July 11, 2007 05:58 AM

I'm with you. As I wrote back when the "Crescent of Embrace" controversy was in its first flush:

"We're used to seeing identity-politics leftists (the Larry Summers affair) and jihad-happy Islamicists (Allah in the ice cream logo) using hysteria to cow their enemies.

"But it was a rude awakening . . . to see respected opinion shapers from the right side of the aisle resorting to the same tactics without bothering to get their facts straight."

Where some see crescents, others see apple pie

Posted by: Sissy Willis at July 13, 2007 11:48 AM

The crescent has been put to rest--the final design will be a circular bowl. Only 40 people will be honored--not 44.


Posted by: Darrell at July 13, 2007 06:50 PM

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