Re: Air Force Memorial, Art and Engineering
The Wall makes quite a statement, especially at night. One walks down into it, it is below grade. It is dimly lit, very subdued, serene, every one speaks in whispers. Then their is the black granite with the names.
Much of the power of this piece is what the viewer brings and as you say that will fade with time. It points to the temporal element in art and architecture. It also speaks of the power of the observer to make real.
Just down the road a piece is the WWII Memorial. This is a much bigger installation, lots of stone, bronze, and water. It just is not very moving. Their are four thousand gold stars over a pool of water. Each represents 100 killed. No impact, why, no specific names or wasn't there, didn't do that?
Continuing to win the struggle against enlightenment, wisdom, and a socially acceptable legacy.