On Poetry and Culture Shock

Vietnam Women's Memorial

Vietnam Women's Memorial The Vietnam Memorial is very abstract so a few people were not too happy with it, and years after its construction they erected a statue of three soldiers, one black, two white, all men. Then, many years later, as the usual afterthought, they made a separate statue for the women. Instead of considering that they were sufficiently well represented by the abstract, original memorial, they thought it best to underline the differences between men and women (bleh) giving females a separate statue.

From an artistic point of view, I think it is a military version of the Renaissance "Pietà" theme. I've seen much better ones.

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