Past and Present
Edited By Marcin Grabowski, Krystof Kozák and György Tóth
In No One We Trust: Memorialization and Communicative Pathologies in Amy Waldman’s The Submission
Why should we …Keep law and form and due proportion,Showing as in a model our firm estate,When our sea-walled garden, the whole land,Is full of weeds, her fairest flowers choked up,Her fruit trees all unpruned, her hedges, ruined,Her knots disordered, and her wholesome herbsSwarming with caterpillars.
RICHARD II, William Shakespeare
Il faut cultiver notre jardin
Opened to the public in 2011, the 9/11 Memorial in New York City represents a new stage in the memorialization process taking place within the American culture and society. The monument complex both reifies the public emotions triggered by the event, and represents the nation’s search for a manner in which the trauma can be worked through. The monumental pools that mark the previous foundations of the Twin Towers and recreate the collapse of the buildings are surrounded by and contrasted with a garden, which consists of four hundred trees that go through seasonal changes and continue to grow.1 The monumentality of the pools, which the architect Michael Arad has referred to as “voids,” evokes the trauma suffered, while the tree garden, which has been intended to incorporate the daily life of the city and invite passers by to repose,2 could be interpreted as representative of life as it goes on in spite of the tragedy. At the same time, the tree-garden makes visible the inevitable, soothing effects of time, change, and renewal over the development of...
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