Mobile Gallery for Black Bottom, Detroit

  When viewed from far enough away, through the lens of histories interpreted and exchanged by those in power, moral crimes of the past can appear to be an obvious mistakes made by less conscious ancestors whose intentions went beyond mere complicity and into the realm of evil. But evil is made possible by the complicit….

Decoy Burial on Crowfoot Island

Off the eastern coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a yacht-sized clump of rocks protrudes from Lake Huron, almost densely covered in scratchy vegetation. The plants remain untouched by deer — who browse the tree lines of the larger peninsulas nearby. The uninhabited piece of land is called called Crowfoot Island, and is one of the smallest officially named islands…

precedent: Memory Wound

Title: Memory Wound Author: Jonas Dahlberg Location: Utoya, Norway Year complete:  Proposed 2014 Description: A memorial proposal for the people killed in a Norwegian massacre in 2011 Memory wound is a memorial proposal to commemorate the people killed in a terrorist attack that took place on July 22nd, 2011.  A far right extremist-terrorist, Anders Brervik,…

precedent: FRANKLIN COURT, (A SERIES OF) MONUMENTS TO BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Title: Franklin Court Authors: Venturi Scott Brown and Associates Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Year complete: 1976 Description: A memorial “ghost” complex of structures dedicated to American patriot Benjamin Franklin Located at the site where American patriot Benjamin Franklin had his Philadelphia residence from 173 until his death in 1790, Franklin Court is a memorial complex of…

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precedent: Famine

Rowan Gillespie Commissioned by Norma Smurfit Norma Smurfit commissioned the memorial known as ‘Famine’ located on Customs House Quay in Dublin, Ireland. This memorial pays dedication to the Irish people forced to emigrate during the 19th century Irish Famine. The location is particularly appropriate because of it being the location of the first voyages of…

precedent: New England Holocaust Memorial

Stanley Saitowitz Commissioned by the American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston & the city of Boston A Holocaust survivor, Stephan Ross was on a mission when immigrating to the United States in 1948. He wanted to remember the lost of his family members among the six million Jewish victims and other innocent…

precedent: ARAGO, A MONUMENT TO THE PARIS MERIDIAN

Title:  A monument to Arago and the Paris Meridian Authors: Dutch artist, Jan Dibbets Location: Paris, France Year complete: 1994 Description:  A monument to astronomer Francois Arago manifested in 135 bronze medallions placed in the ground along Arago’s finalized meridian line throughout Paris.   How to commemorate what we cannot see… The Arago Medallions are…

Precedent: The Irish Hunger Memorial

Landscape architect Gail Wittwer-Laird, 1100 Architects, & Artist Brian Tollel Commissioned by the Battery Park City Authority The Irish Hunger Memorial was commissioned by the Battery Park city authority to recognize the Great Irish Famine that took place from 1845 to 1852.  During the famine’s duration, one million lives were lost due to starvation/related disease…

precedent: THE WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE FOR AMERICA MEMORIAL

Title: The Women In Military Service For America Memorial Authors: Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi Location: Arlington, Virginia Year complete: 1997 Description: Skylit underground addition to a historic hemicycle Weiss/Manfredi’s Women In Military Service For America Memorial was the winning design in a 1989 national design competition serves as a national place of acknowledgement and honor for all…

precedent: LATIN CROSS

Title: Latin Cross Author: unknown Location: N/A Year: N/A Description: 2 linear members, one shorter then the other, that come together in opposite orientations Almost all can recognize the Latin cross as the main symbol of Christianity.  Most are familiar with the story of the death and crucifixion of Jesus on the cross, and understand that the cross is…

precedent: MONUMENT TO MEMORY AND LIGHT

Title: Monument to Memory and Light Author: Daniel Libeskind  Location: Padova, Italy Year Complete: 2005 Description: 2 freestanding steel and glass walls that come together at a corner-56 ft. tall-2500 sq. ft. The attack on 9/11, while taking place in the United States, was felt globally.  People from all around the world mourned with Americans, cried with the families who…