Thursday, August 16, 2012

Is it Time to Start Forgetting Some Memorial Statues?

Have you ever walked past a monument, stopped to see what or whom it was for, and either still had no idea what or whom it was memorializing or had no idea why that memorial was still there? The Guardian’s Andrew Shoben asked last week, “Public art: how about some decommissions for a change?” It’s a valid question and one that has stuck in my mind ever since I first read Shoben’s piece. Shoben’s solution to decluttering the monument-strewn landscape is a process of decommissioning to counterbalance the current (and possibly out of control) commissioning process. Although, as George Santayana warned, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” is it time to start forgetting some memorial statues? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Is it Time to Start Forgetting Some Memorial Statues?"

[Please nominate in comments any public art or memorials that you would like to see forgotten, shelved, or shifted somewhere else.]

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