Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Flight 93 Memorial

Yesterday, the AP told us this:
Designers of a Flight 93 memorial have made a bowl-shaped piece of land its centerpiece, replacing a crescent-shape design that some critics had said was a symbol honoring terrorists, officials announced Wednesday.
Leave it to bloggers to dig a little deeper. According to Alec Rawls at Error Theory, not much has changed:
The redesigned flight 93 memorial, announced today, still contains all of the features that made it a terrorist memorial. Architect Paul Murdoch's infamous red crescent is still there, still planted with red maple trees, still inscribed in the exact same circle as before, and with the same two crescent tips still intact. Thus the crescent bisector defined by these crescent tips is also the same as before. It still points almost exactly to Mecca, making the crescent a Mihrab (an Islamic prayer station, where the believer faces into a crescent, towards Mecca, to perform his ritual prostrations). The design still incorporates a separate upper terrorist-memorial wall, centered precisely on the red-maple crescent. There are still 44 translucent blocks on the flight path to the crash site, matching the total number of dead, instead of just the forty translucent blocks that are dedicated to the forty murdered Americans*. Lastly, the Tower of Voices part of the memorial is still an Islamic prayer-time sundial.
Read it all for an in depth analysis.

*Note: Of the forty passengers and crew on Flight 93, two were not American. Alec Rawls makes this correction later in his post.

(Via LGF).