Posted by d on January 09, 2003 at 21:31:31:
Of the seven WTC designs presented by top firms, perhaps the most theoretic is the Libeskind complex of broken prisms which admit a yearly shadow on 9/11.
Yet I think this attempt, while contemplative and subtle, still fails in one respect;
Throughout the ages, buildings have been oriented to admit sunlight on certain days for ceremonial reasons; the writing of the sculptor/Egyptologist Martin Isler, for one, demonstrates in very exact terms how ancient temples had doors which could on certain days admit a ray of light to illuminate the niche of a god, which then was observed by priests standing in perpendicular alcoves; this cruciform arrangement thus may have influenced the medieval cathedrals.
Yet though all ages the anniversary , whether of a stellar rising or a solstice, was the marking of a celestial or divine
intervention, carrying the implicit sense that a predictable force beyond mankind was operating .
The flaw in the Libeskind proposal, as I see it, is that he would orient this celestial marking as an acknowledgment of a strictly human event, perpetrated and suffered by humans.
In doing so, he in effect will elevate the causality of destructive acts to the level of a divine, cosmological or metaphysical event.
Subliminally, the mind will see that at a certain moment each year, the sun participates in the recognition of 9/11.
Perhaps this is, in fact , his intention , in that he may believe that events were set in motion on 9/11 which partake of a universal or
cosmic process, painted, as it were, on a canvas too vast for the eye to take in.
But to imprint a great tragedy on the urban sundial, so that it is relived each year in perpetuity, seems to reward evil with permanence and an implication of inevitability....
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