17.8.05

DO I HEAR AN ECHO? Armed Liberal has an impression of the new World War II monument in Washington, D.C.
The World War II memorial - a circle of pylons around a sterile central fountain - encouraged no such involvement. The garish wreaths, and the martial eagles holding the banners at the entrances, left me imagining how Leni Riefenstahl would have photographed them. I can't imagine another response to this kind of iconic imagery.
Yes, that occurred to me, also, when the memorial opened.

Albert Speer would feel right at home.
(To be polite, the monument does capture some of the Roosevelt Gothic of such buildings as the Milwaukee County Court House and the University of Michigan central campus, which might have been on the designer's mind.)

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