Yesterday, officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found a statue commemorating Civil War Confederate veterans spray-painted with the words “Murderer,” “KKK,” and “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
In the days since Dylann Roof murdered nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, many have called for the removal of the thousands of Confederate flags, memorials, and monuments displayed in public spaces throughout the US.
There’s something about pristine, mountainous landscapes that has inspired some of the tackiest public monuments in recent decades.
Yesterday afternoon, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol.
It took two centuries for the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan to be remembered, when 18th century bones were found interred in a forgotten cemetery beneath the construction of a new high dollar federal development in 1991. While that long-overlooked cemetery is now remembered with a museum and monument, much less has been done to commemorate New York City’s Second African Burial Ground, and the dead deserve better.
How did this ethereal design of an “infinite forest” transform into a hideous, bus-shelter-like, 18-foot steel canopy?
MIAMI — I suspect most visitors don’t know it, but just across the street from the convention center where Art Basel Miami Beach conducts its massive operation, there’s a very different type of artwork on view. A small sign at Convention Center Drive and 19th Street signals the way, pointing you away from the fair, west past a parking lot and to the corner of 19th and Meridian. There, another small sign announces your arrival in the right place: “Holocaust Memorial.”