Organized Grief

Pentagon Memorial

The Pentagon Memorial is structured around dates. You cross a threshold marked “September 11, 2001.” Each of those who perished is identified by a bench cantilevered over a pool of running water, and they are grouped along metal meridians by birth year.

I’m not clear what the undulating effect of these benches (which look a bit like granite hangnails) is meant to convey.


A Year Ago: Spiffy Infographic


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