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Re-post from Hack-A-Day. This concept is really cool – half silvered mirrors with a touchscreen behind it.
I am not going to go in to the content of the museum because it needs to be seen first hand to be appreciated. The architecture of this building is stunning. It penetrates a mountainside and is in the shape of a splitting triangle. You can see the two sides part as they extend over the edge of the mountain. The top 4 feet or so is always above ground, and is made of one long triangular skylight that retains its form and structure from one side of the museum to the other. The lines of the skylight are a continuation of the walled structure underground.
The installation below is by Israeli artist, Menashe Kidishman. He also has a larger installation at the Jewish Museum in Berlin that uses the same materials and iconography (bottom picture). It is one of the most emotionally evocative pieces of art I have ever experienced. As pictured below, the visitor is encouraged walk over the hundreds of iron faces on the floor. As I walked over the “faces” of the victims, I was completely overwhelmed by empathy and profound sadness.
There is a part of my childhood that I spent watching old Captain America episodes on VHS tapes. I only had 5 or 6 episodes, but I liked them enough to watch them lots and lots of times. After looking at these pictures I took of my artwork in my room and the environment I created, it dawned on me that maybe something inside my head might have been affected by the Red Skull… the evil-doer Captain America always bashes on the head with his USA-themed shield. Both of my parents know a thing or two about psycho-analysis. I think this is a pretty apt example of me learning from them by osmosis. But seriously… I drew a face on that drawing quite similar to the Red Skull, I chose to put red light-bulbs there, and there is a life-size (fake) skull sitting on the mantel over my bed. In the drawing (one I make very instinctively), you can also see the US Airforce logo and a tank, both symbols used a ton in that comic, and a lot of the toys and models that I used to play with. I forgot that the Red Skull was a Nazi until I downloaded this picture.