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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Song He, China

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Proposal Title: Iraqi Civilians Memorial, 01/17/2008, Other

Proposal Synopsis: The memorial attempts to converge the tragedies happened in succession during the war, for the sake of forming a power that makes people contemplate. a couple of wings are placed on either side of the cliff and a connection channel is then cut into the mount. The closed wings play the role of a shelter, with photographs displayed inside them showing people a ordinary but quiet life of the Iraqi civilians. On the other side, the open wings were made up of 436 rectangled concrete blocks standing out of the steep. The arrayed blocks give people a great sense of unstable and oppression, due to the atmosphere of death they stood for. When people passed the closed wings and then saw the open ones, a strong feeling that the tranquil life was immediately wiped out as the wings outspreading occurs. That is the reason why people hate war, but also the inevitable result of war. No one knows if there is a winner of the Iraq war, but the local civilians have no doubt lost the most.

Artist's Biography: He Song, an architecture student now studying in Tianjin University, China, falls over himself for combining design with traditional culture. He also has a strong interest in the influence that architecture could exert on users' habits and life styles.

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