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Exhibition of Memorial Concepts

Artist(s): Lauren Woodward, United States

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Proposal Title: Healing Wounds, 10/15/2008, Installation

Proposal Synopsis: The civilian deaths caused by the actions of internal and external factions have carved a scar across the Iraqi landscape and people. These staples stand in honor of the tens of thousands of lost innocent lives; the harsh, warped frames evoke the violence with which they died, and their rusty exterior will slowly evolve with the memory of loss as they suture together the wound of the Iraqi people. The magnitude and severity of this atrocity has touched the lives of all communities and groups within the country resulting in a common experience that can serve to unite a divided people through shared loss. The staples march across countryside and urban centers alike as a reminder of the uniformly tarnished landscape and as a symbol of the healing power of unity and time. Their iconic presence serves as an indication of the profound impact the casualties have had on the region, and as an appeal to the Iraqi people and to the international community to avoid repeating the events that preceded this epic tragedy.

Artist's Biography: Lauren Woodward is a third year graduate student in the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Georgia.

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