|Publications : Chapters
in ruins - the value of mementoes, temporary shrines and floral
tributes as markers of public sphere'
in Harutyunyan, A. Horschelmann, K.
and Miles, M. (eds.) 'Public Arts after Socialism', Intellect, 2007.
So Hiroshima. The girder skullcap and empty
eye windows of the ruined trade hall. She went through the museum,
she read the English captions, and could not believe the cenotaph
was so incompetent. The flensed stone and bleached concrete of
the wrecked trade hall was much more eloquent.
John F. Kennedy argued that 'Peace is a daily,
a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly
eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures'. He had in
mind not physical structures - such as reverential monuments, buildings
and memorials - but social, economic and legitimising systems that
might be nurtured and supported through osmotic processes of slow,
but purposive, change.
She stood on the banks of the river with her back to the Peace
Park, watching the shadow lengthen across the grey-brown waters
while the sky turned red, and felt the tears roll down her cheeks.
Too much, turn away. (Banks 1989:175)
It was Kennedy's successor, Lyndon B Johnson, who captured this
ideal when he suggested that 'peace is a journey of a thousand miles
and it must be taken one step at a time.'