Friday, May 17, 2013

Memorial Art


After the 2 recent collapses of Asian clothing factories resulting in loss of life, I was reminded again of walking through the downtown core of Christchurch in New Zealand this past summer.

On an empty lot where a church had stood there was an art installation of white painted chairs sitting on artificial grass.

The sign tells of the many times empty chairs have been given meaning by artists: Vincent van Gogh, the site of the Oklahoma Bombing, the NY 9/11 site. . .

The site is a memorial to 185 people who died in the Christchurch earthquakes.
People are invited to select a chair and to sit for a while.
It is a very moving and graphic work.
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