Segments originally recorded March 29th, April 30th, and July 19th. Heroes Park monument, memorial, and the Superman statue.
Answers, insights, and commentary on:
- Motif of monuments, memorials, and memory throughout the film
- The Superman statue as political expedience
- A scar on the city
- National September 11 Memorial parallels
- Remember the city as it was, incorporating the city
- Impact of Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Maya Lin’s design, intention, and overcoming criticism
- The certainty of youth
- Chronological listing of names
- Names as a meaningful abstraction
- Symbols of the Wall
- Criticism over abstraction and ambiguity
- Critics can turn anything into a controversy
- Critics upset over the unexpected and unconventional
- Public grieving changed by Vietnam Veterans Memorial
- Accessibility of art beyond the directly connected and invested
- Interpretation and understanding increasing appreciation of art
- Benefits of wonder and awe
- The pose, humility, and abstraction of the statue
- Do heroes have to be known or perfect to get a monument?
- Wallace Keefe’s objections to the statue
- Monuments versus the fluidity of history
- Keefe’s arrest as the central statement
- Superman’s feelings about the statue, being put on a pedestal
…and much more!
Sorry, I don’t have access to Doc’s notes. He’ll update the show notes with links after Suicide Squad.
Time Out Shortlist Metropolis & Gotham | Dan Wallace (editor)
Dawn of Justice: The Art of the Film | Peter Aperlo
Maya Lin, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1982 | Smarthistory
American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial | Studio 360
Maya Lin and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial | Rear Window
Hidden Brain: Great Vacations and Awe | NPR
Heroes are good – let’s make statues of them | Nikolas Lloyd
ISIS destroys ancient artifacts in Mosul | CBS
A History of Controversial Monuments | Eveline van Rijswijk
8/8 – Thanks to H.H. for publishing the episode and moderating the site!