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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Bakh Ismail, United Kingdom

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Proposal Title: The Four Walls - (An Exposed and Vulnerable Room), 05/03/2008, Sculpture

Proposal Synopsis: The memorial is made up of four walls on a raised formal platform. The walls form a 'room' exposed at corners to symbolise vulnerability. 1st wall is the 'Strong Wall' (or Destructive Wall) representing the human race in general and the so-called 'civilised' society in particular. Its physical form is a perfectly formed concrete wall. 2nd wall is the 'Humanity Wall' (or Destroyed Wall) representing the victims. Its physical form is a severely damaged concrete wall with structural reinforcement rods bent and exposed. 3rd and 4th wall are identical walls with the names of the civilian victims who have died - 655,000 at the last count. Between the 'Strong' and 'Humanity' walls is a pool, symbolising the two walls are a reflection of the other - people in different places but with identical emotional and physical needs, emphasizing all humanity as equal and human life has to be treated with the same value anywhere. The walls are positioned so that every year at the anniversary of the eve of the war, at sunset, the 'Strong Wall' casts a shadow wholly over the 'Humanity Wall' - symbolising a dark shadow over humanity by the actions of those who represent the so-called 'civilised' world.

Artist's Biography: Bakh Ismail is a Malaysian born architect practicing in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture where he obtained his Bachelor degrees in Architecture, and later on in his career, an MSc in Environmental Design. He currently works in an architectural practice in the UK, where he specialises in heathcare buildings. Prior to that, he had worked in the Far-East, mainly involved in school and housing projects. His other interests include poetry writing, where he writes simplistic anti-war poems and poems about his personal experiences to be shared with others in self reflection. He is also passionate about environmental and sustainability issues particularly within the context of buildings and the built environment. He believes every human being has a right to enjoy at the least the basic ordinary joys of life and love without the constraints of war and without the sadness, death and sense of hopelessness that comes with it.

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