virtual mourning

Architect and artist Maya Lin was only a senior in college when she won a national competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washingotn D.C. Her idea was simple, yet powerful and poetic: a reflective 246-foot granite wall etched with 58,000 names of fallen American soldiers. According to Wired Magazine, the wall is now online and interactive. Visitors can upload photos and share memories of their loved ones. With grief and healing moving into the virtual world, they open up new ways to mourn for victims of contemporary wars.

“There is no wrong way to approach the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial” as it makes no grand statements about politics or American ideals. Its sole proposition is that the cost of war is human life.” Art21, PBS

You can interact with the wall here.

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