Gigantism is a feature of the art of totalitarian regimes, and both these objects are huge in conception, meant both to dominate their environment and intimidate the beholder. The World Trade Centre was built with the same intention; the Freedom Tower now under construction at Ground Zero will be as big. Its cornerstone, laid in July 2004, states that it is being built as “a tribute to the enduring spirit of freedom”, whatever that might be. More than one critic of the design has observed that it testifies more clearly to paranoia and fear than to any sense of freedom. Freedom, it would seem, is anti-monumental in essence.
Postato da: IM