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(Washington Post)   "Knock-knock." "Who's there?" "9/11 memorial where every Sept. 11 at 8:46am, a plaque is illuminated by the sun." "9/11 memorial where every Sept. 11 at 8:46am, a plaque is illuminated by the sun, who?" "YOU SAID YOU'D NEVER FORGET"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 111
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2012-09-18 09:01:25 AM  
or just, you know...remember
 
2012-09-18 09:03:21 AM  
that was an awful headline
 
2012-09-18 09:04:40 AM  
Wouldn't an encroaching shadow be more poignant anyway?
 
2012-09-18 09:04:47 AM  
My head hurts. :(
 
2012-09-18 09:07:17 AM  
You'll get over it.
 
2012-09-18 09:07:17 AM  
Maybe every single little podunk town that had some people in the buildings or on the planes during the attacks doesn't need to have a friggin' memorial. Just a thought. Somebody had to have one.
 
2012-09-18 09:07:57 AM  

strapp3r: or just, you know...remember


Well that's just crazy talk...

A memorial is fine. Nothing wrong with that. But when they get all ... gimmicky (For lack of a better term) it seems that /that's/ what diminishes things. People don't come for the names, they come to see what trick this latest architectural bit of cleverness can do, not to contemplate. Granted, many people don't go to static memorials for that either, but at least it's one less bit of tourist attraction?

/I need coffee
 
2012-09-18 09:09:45 AM  
They'll get over it.
 
2012-09-18 09:11:50 AM  
It seems too many people only want to remember 9/11 when they want to find an excuse to compromise American individual freedom, and find an excuse to wage war on brown people.
 
2012-09-18 09:12:11 AM  
I guess they don't have DST there?
 
2012-09-18 09:13:50 AM  
What happens if it's cloudy? Is the plaque's significance so strong it can defy meteorology?
 
2012-09-18 09:14:03 AM  
Can't they just, you know, move it to the left or right a few feet and cut new hole in the roof?
 
2012-09-18 09:14:50 AM  

The Green Intern: A memorial is fine. Nothing wrong with that. But when they get all ... gimmicky (


Out of all the gimmicky ones this seemed like quite a nice one, I like the idea of the sun playing across it at the same time each year. Still, I'm not sure it was $100,000 nice. And without it's artistic license it's definitely not.

imageshack.us
 
2012-09-18 09:16:26 AM  

dervish16108: It seems too many people only want to remember 9/11 when they want to find an excuse to compromise American individual freedom, and find an excuse to wage war on brown people.


I'm pretty sure we stopped bothering with excuses for that on March 19, 2003.
 
2012-09-18 09:16:31 AM  
Oh no!!! You've destroyed the symbolism of the monument!! Now all we have is neck tattoos to remind us to "never forget". That, and a bunch of car flags, one of which I haven't seen since, ohh, 2003.
 
2012-09-18 09:17:20 AM  
This place is like Newgrange or Stonehenge. Tea Partiers start trickling into Rockville in the week before 9/11. They set up a big campground, drop acid, screw, and have sing-a-longs. At the appointed time they gather silently, watch the miracle unfold, and then, after charging their Rascals on final time, return to their homes. Forever changed by the experience.
 
2012-09-18 09:17:37 AM  
...did it say 'death ray'? This article's got EVERYTHING!
 
2012-09-18 09:19:02 AM  
When you have trauma\
That just won't go away\
There are trained pros\
Who will help you on your way.

Prozac

i651.photobucket.com

... Or lobotomies.
Whatever, just get some help
 
2012-09-18 09:19:32 AM  
images.art.com

They're digging in the wrong place.
 
2012-09-18 09:19:44 AM  

BeatrixK: What happens if it's cloudy? Is the plaque's significance so strong it can defy meteorology?


A custodian shows up for the day with a flashlight. Just imagine him as God.
 
2012-09-18 09:21:10 AM  
Shouldn't it also illuminate on July 1st?
 
2012-09-18 09:21:32 AM  
The headline is painful to read.
 
2012-09-18 09:22:09 AM  

gopher321: A custodian shows up for the day with a flashlight. Just imagine him as God.


Maybe they can make an event out of it like they do with the Groundhog every year
 
2012-09-18 09:22:47 AM  

gopher321: BeatrixK: What happens if it's cloudy? Is the plaque's significance so strong it can defy meteorology?

A custodian shows up for the day with a flashlight. Just imagine him as God.


content.internetvideoarchive.com

Need not apply for said custodial job.
 
2012-09-18 09:26:06 AM  
I saw a way you could bring that building down if you really wanted to do it.
 
2012-09-18 09:26:12 AM  

King Keepo: The Green Intern: A memorial is fine. Nothing wrong with that. But when they get all ... gimmicky (

Out of all the gimmicky ones this seemed like quite a nice one, I like the idea of the sun playing across it at the same time each year. Still, I'm not sure it was $100,000 nice. And without it's artistic license it's definitely not.

[imageshack.us image 538x404]


A hundred grand? Man, those are some expensive trees . . .

Fark me, I'm in the wrong business. Scamming local politicians out of memorial money seems to be very profitable.
 
2012-09-18 09:26:49 AM  

Headso: that was an awful headline


I kinda liked it.
 
2012-09-18 09:27:14 AM  
www.global-air.com

Damn! Now we'll all just have to limp on through life remembering some of the other thousands and thousands of human tragedies worse than 9/11. Our government isn't going to be happy about this ... (new window)
 
2012-09-18 09:29:42 AM  
Who's on first.
 
2012-09-18 09:29:45 AM  
FTFA:
"It's a shame, the encroachment. It's not malicious, but it's just kind of thoughtless," said one of the artists, Susan Flores, in a phone interview.

"Sir, here are the plans for the new building".

"Excellent. I think...wait! Has anyone looked around to see if there are any 9/11 memorials that are set up to receive sunlight at a certain time of day?"

"Shiat. Back to the drawing board."
 
2012-09-18 09:30:19 AM  
FTA: "It's not malicious, but it's just kind of thoughtless," said one of the artists, Susan Flores, in a phone interview."

Thoughtless is a perfect description for life in that place and the thousands of similar places around it in the Washington 'burbs.
 
2012-09-18 09:34:30 AM  
The article linking to the "Death Ray" Courthouse was very amusing.
 
2012-09-18 09:34:58 AM  
Yes. because a plaque will bring back those who died.

//this is slightly better than roadside memorials

/If there only were a field of tombstones where people could honor the dead.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2012-09-18 09:36:22 AM  
profit is always more important that lives.
 
2012-09-18 09:36:28 AM  
Gee, memorial designer, who would have ever thought that someone would build another tall building in Manhattan?
 
2012-09-18 09:36:34 AM  

dervish16108: It seems too many people only want to remember 9/11 when they want to find an excuse to compromise American individual freedom, and find an excuse to wage war on brown people.


Yup. Maybe we could do with a little less remembering of 9/11 and a little more remembering of a decade of encroachment on civil liberties, out-of-control "defense" spending, and constant assaults on the Islamic world that have made destroying our enemies like cutting up worms and throwing them back into the ground.

Or, you know, we could continue to let the emotional reaction to a single, horrible event define us for another decade.
 
2012-09-18 09:38:05 AM  
It's been eleven motherf**king years.
Get the f**k over it.
 
2012-09-18 09:38:36 AM  
the gaffe was an unfortunate oversight, but that it's too late to change the $141 million project.

That's a crock. SINCE WHEN can't government contractors spend extra cash not budgeted for? SINCE WHEN?
 
2012-09-18 09:39:18 AM  
Someone said "Never Forget". It wasn't me though. I am still in mourning for the lawn chair though.
 
2012-09-18 09:39:46 AM  

LordOfThePings: [images.art.com image 400x320]

They're digging in the wrong place.


I thought the headline should have referenced this in some way.
 
2012-09-18 09:40:16 AM  

Flying Lasagna Monster: Gee, memorial designer, who would have ever thought that someone would build another tall building in Manhattan?


Montgomery County is in Maryland, not Manhattan.
 
2012-09-18 09:44:21 AM  
I work across the street from this. Quite frankly, I'd rather have more courthouses to streamline the sentencing of criminals that plague our communities than a piece of art in a "park". They could move the art to a more acceptable and accessible spot, like Civic Center Park. The only people who use that "park" are skateboarders and Rosie, an old crazy woman who dances in the street and shows up at every council meeting and screams about nothing.

The death ray was impressive though. It took a while for them to figure out why bushes kept dying and cars paint got screwed up.
 
2012-09-18 09:48:37 AM  
"Since the death ray incident, county officials have been . . . "

What the hell?
 
2012-09-18 09:49:17 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Montgomery County is in Maryland, not Manhattan.


This is no place for your liberal "facts".
 
2012-09-18 09:55:24 AM  
onter.net
 
2012-09-18 09:55:32 AM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Flying Lasagna Monster: Gee, memorial designer, who would have ever thought that someone would build another tall building in Manhattan?

Montgomery County is in Maryland, not Manhattan.


Cut it out, you're ruining the comment for the rest of us.
 
2012-09-18 09:55:34 AM  

King Keepo: Out of all the gimmicky ones this seemed like quite a nice one, I like the idea of the sun playing across it at the same time each year. Still, I'm not sure it was $100,000 nice. And without it's artistic license it's definitely not.


They should add a fitness track on there as well. Do a few pull-ups, and remember some of the victims of 9/11. Then move over to the next station, do jumping jacks and remember some more.
 
2012-09-18 09:56:41 AM  
did anyone else think of this when reading the headline?

onter.net
 
2012-09-18 09:58:39 AM  
It's called, "Fix it"

nwchurch.net
 
2012-09-18 10:01:55 AM  

Flying Lasagna Monster: Gee, memorial designer, who would have ever thought that someone would build another tall building in Manhattan?


It would have to be a REALLY tall building.
 
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