Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to view “Remembrance: A Memorial Exhibit” running through Aug. 15 at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum. This exhibit will be displayed in the Museum’s Rotunda. Viewing hours are Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The memorial is an ongoing communal artistic response to human loss as a result of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The arts and the process of a shared art making experience, have the potential to engage a community in a very profound way.
“Participation in the creation of ‘Remembrance’ encourages discussions of beliefs, perceptions and observations, as these concepts relate to loss, memory and war,” said Exhibit Director Merilee Bowers of Massachusetts.
The memorial allows participants to become both creator and observer. The individual first fashions the abstract figurative sculpture to represent the fallen soldier in community with others. The figure is then joined with communal sculpture and becomes part of the gestalt of ‘Remembrance.’ The individual then re-visits the experience of creation when confronted by the collective mass of figures: he seeks out “his person,” reflects on the moments of his experiences, and shares them with others. In this way, the fallen soldier is initially remembered and then continues to be reflected upon as more people share in this collaborative artistic endeavor.
In addition to the exhibit, Savannah District U.S. Army Corps will be holding a figure creation workshop today from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information on this workshop please contact Mindy Anderson with Savannah District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Public Affairs Office at (912) 652-5450.
The museum’s newest addition a WWII era B-17 bomber, named “City of Savannah” is on display in the museum’s Combat Gallery. Activated in 1942 in Savannah, the 8th Air Force was a critical strike element in World War II and remains an active force today. The Mighty 8th Air Force Museum honors the Mighty 8th’s proud legacy by preserving the stories of courage, character and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the 8th Air Force from World War II to present.