Monuments Ap Lang Synthesis

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Nam Nguyen Feb 25, 2015 AP L&C McMahon Monuments From Mount Rushmore to the Statue of Liberty to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, monuments serve as a hallmark for exceptionalism. Each year, millions of people flock to Washington D.C.’s National Mall, a long strip park of all different kinds of monuments and memorials. Each landmark capitalizes strength, commemorates sacrifice, and commands appreciation. Only with sincere consideration to location, size, material, and public perception can a monument be resurrected to justifiably pay homage to a deep sacrifice or tribute to a moment of great achievement. Breathtaking vistas or stark walls can attribute to the overall ambiance of a monument. When a group or agency is in the early stages of designing a momument, they must keep in mind of the location. The two reflecting pools located at Ground Zero in New York City pay tribute to the Twin Towers and serve as a somber reminder of the largest loss of life by a foreign attack on American soil. Contrariwise, in Easton, Pennsylvania, a statue of Christopher Columbus quaintly resides in Riverside Park (Source B). Between the leaves of the trees, Columbus is pictured confidently striding, as if to mimic his steps when he discovered the New World. Imagine a fresh spring day, walking through the park as the wind rustles the leaves and squirells play in the trees. Walking on the path to be suddenly graced by a Columbus statue, reminisces of freedom, power, and discovery. If the statue had been placed elsewhere (e.g. Las Vegas), it’s importance would be considerably less. Just like how Columbus being in Las Vegas would be odd, if the Lincoln Memorial was placed in California, it’s presence would hardly be appreciated. Location highly attributes to a monument’s influence and tone, and should therefore be cautiously chosen. The size and material of a

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