Many times a week, I walk by the Irish Hunger Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in downtown Manhattan.
Both are extraordinarily successful memorials and both incorporate innovative use of text. They are emotionally moving, visually captivating, and literally tell the story of the memorial and the experiences they commemorate.
I began to think about how memorials stand in memory, in literature, and in our cities. How the great walls of Uruk were a memorial to Gilgamesh, and were memorialized as such in the text itself.
What follows in the link at the end of this post is a brief response to, and a free association between Gilgamesh and images of these two contemporary memorials in our very own city.
These images are inspired by the lines of Gilgamesh which reference the walls of Uruk in the opening and closing sections of the edited poem. This most ancient literary work keeps referencing writing itself.
You will find a few of the images, with sections of text from Gilgamesh at this page: