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December 01, 2005

Memorializing The Murderers Of Flight 93

Long ago, Error Theory pointed out that the wall around the Flight 93 Memorial had 40 translucent blocks to symbolize the 40 victims of the terrorists...but that it also seemed to have an additional four translucent blocks, which would seem to memorialize the four dead terrorist killers who also died in the crash.

He says those strange "extra" translucent blocks are still there.

Some will say this is just looking for offense, trying to find symbols where they're not actually present. Nonsense. The entire memorial is abstract; it is designed precisely as a symbolic tribute.

If all of these little "secret features" of the memorial mean nothing, why is the designer so unwilling to change him? Why does he not just say, for example, "Ah, yes... I didn't intend it, but I do see where you might be a bit uncomfortable with the four additional translucent blocks. Let me just take them out. They didn't mean anything, anyhow."

When supposedly inadvertant and accidental bits of symbolism are defended for no good reason, I begin to doubt the inadvertance and accident of it all.

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posted by Ace at 12:19 PM

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