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By your own interpretation and understanding create a bridge – a peace bridge. Your bridge might represent abstract values, define a symbolic economy, and create a semantic episode. The bridge is to span the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. as a celebration memorial to the soldiers of the World War who fought in 1945.
I commenced by asking myself what is peace. “Negative” Peace has historically denoted the “absence of war”. So then, what is War? According to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, war derives from the Old High English “werra”, meaning confusion. Confusionmeans a lack of understanding.
From a speech to the New History Society (14 Dec. 1930), Albert Einstein said the following:“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
Peace can be found through the understanding of your fellow man. If there is a lack of understanding, both sides will see in different clashing ways, which will lead to war. If we put ourselves in each other’s shoes and see why someone thinks or feels a certain way, then understanding will take place and peace will be achieved. Therefore we can achieve Peace through Understanding.
To display this kernel of truth, I decided to represent the emotions of the soldiers during war using circular platforms. The platforms vary in size and level to represent different emotions. Each platform has circular walls inside with benches for pedestrians to sit and contemplate their surroundings. There are two sides to the bridge which represent two enemies at war, and these two sides converge at a larger platform which is hollow. The hollow platform is where after all the tumultuous emotions, finally an understanding is achieved, and therefore Peace arrives at last. In this hollow platform, it is envisioned that water will come out of the floor and flow back into the river like a circular cascade. This represents peace flowing back into the world.