There are so countless ways tomemorialize a well-respected person or important event. A person or group ofpeople can design a monument or memorial to honor a special person or an event.A monument, through careful contemplation of its location, size, material, andpurpose, can adequately pay tribute to a deep sacrifice or celebrate moments ofgreat achievement. When a group or agency firstcontemplates memorializing an event or person through a monument, they shouldconsider location. The location of a memorial or monument can either add to ortake away from its beauty and meaning.
A beautiful scenery or a place where theperson held close to his or her heart can raise the significance of themonument. A memorial of Martin Luther King Jr., The King Center, located inAtlanta, Georgia. Strolling through this beautiful building on a nice summerafternoon makes one remember the important role Mr.
King had in Americanhistory. If his museum were located in an old run-down neighborhood, the peoplewould not consider his importance as beautiful and motivating. Whencontemplating where to build a museum to commemorate the Holocaust, the peoplehad to think about what to include in the memorial such as, size and location, withthe plans of a Holocaust museum being built into a Mall in Washington, D.C.(Source E). When considering building a monument it is important to considerthe location in order to appropriately memorialize an event or person. Once a location has been decided, thesize and material needed for the monument must be prearranged. The size of themonument or museum is important to guarantee that the person or event being memorializedgets the respectable amount of remembrance.
After the decision to build aHolocaust Museum in the Mall in Washington, D.C. was made, protesters began consideringthat the design plan was too huge (Source E). The objective of the museum wasto remember the Holocaust, “not to overpower the Mall or its visitors” (SourceE). By downsizing the museum, they were able to create a place of honor withoutsuppressing the other memorials and monuments in the Mall. The material of a monument can alsohelp support the right sense of significance. A variation of styles and designs, from marble andbronze statues to headstones and tombs to walls and even chairs, have beenincorporated in memorials.
The use of water, mirrors, and other physicalmaterials and surfaces have also helped memorials to become places of reflection.Similarly, the design of memorials, which sometimes includes a space set asidefor family members and mourners, serves to comfort the grieving as well as toeducate visitors. When designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington,D.C., Maya Lin put much thought into the material of the monument. She chose”black granite in order to make the surface reflective and peaceful” (SourceG).
The mirroring effect of the Granite assisted in creating a world of realityand a world of reflection. The material and size of a memorial can criticallychange the feeling of respect and its effect on those paying tribute to anevent or person. Furthermore, when considering amemorializing an event or person and in creating a monument, the message agroup or agency is trying to depict through the monument should be considered.When designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Maya Lin decided to create a wallof names cut into the ground. It was important to commemorate those who losttheir lives in Vietnamand she felt the best way to remember everything about each individual personwas engraving their name into a wall. This allows people to remember everythingabout the person rather that one instance, as a picture does (Source G). When creatingthe monument for Crazy Horse, the sculptors decided to have him “pointing outover his beloved Black Hills” (Source C).
This commemorates the great achievementsCrazy Horse had in the Black Hills while honoring his love for them (Source C).The message a monument exhibits is very important in the remembrance of thatperson or event. When designing a monument to commemorate a person orsignificant event, the location, size, material, and purpose of the monumentshould be considered.