Been on my mind these few days

Over the weekend I read about the death of  Glenna Goodacre who was the sculptor of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. I visited that memorial back in 1996 along with the Vietnam War Memorial (The Wall). Reading about her death and without referencing photos of the memorial the feelings I felt when I first encountered it came flooding back.

It is the most evocative piece of sculpture I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot. Even more than The Wall, which I had personal connections to (so many of my friend’s names are on it) this work of art and emotion blew me away and literally brought me to my knees. I didn’t cry at The Wall, I cried at this memorial. Words can’t describe it, photos don’t do it justice.

If by some chance you ever find yourself in Washington, D.C. you must really visit the Vietnam Women’s Memorial – for the love of the art and for the love and bravery and sacrifice of these extraordinary women…

2 thoughts on “Been on my mind these few days”

  1. The pictures alone are impressive. I can imagine what it must be like to be standing right there in front of it. That is truly an amazing work of art

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    1. The figure gripping the arm of the other figure cradling the soldier – you can see the tension and fear in it – You can practically hear someone shouting “Incoming” – it is the most moving thing I have ever seen.

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