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Understanding the Urban Landscape: Civic, Commemorative, and Sacred Space in Arlington, Virginia

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dc.contributor.advisor Kaufmann, David
dc.contributor.author Headley, Jennifer Lynn
dc.creator Headley, Jennifer Lynn
dc.date 2011-04-08
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-17T15:46:25Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2011-05-17T15:46:25Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-17
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/6327
dc.description.abstract This dissertation describes the creation of three locations in Arlington County, Virginia as notable places in the urban landscape: Dark Star Park, the United States Air Force Memorial, and the Pentagon Memorial. All three cultural objects were created through government programs and are public sites for civic, commemorative, and sacred activities. For each location, I outline the planning steps for the concept, design, and construction of the space. Dark Star Park, the first work of the Arlington County Public Art Program, is an important civic space but nothing more. The Pentagon Memorial successfully transforms the site of recent tragedy into a sacred space for reflection. The Air Force Memorial is both a sacred and commemorative site, with a troubled history that adds to the story of the memorial’s creation. By placing these three cultural spaces in context, I create a narrative of Arlington County’s urban sites and outline their success and failures as consecrated spaces framed by memory and cultural studies.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Memorials en_US
dc.subject Air Force Memorial en_US
dc.subject Commemoration en_US
dc.subject Pentagon Memorial en_US
dc.subject Arlington, VA en_US
dc.subject Public Art en_US
dc.subject Dark Star Park en_US
dc.title Understanding the Urban Landscape: Civic, Commemorative, and Sacred Space in Arlington, Virginia en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.name PhD in Cultural Studies en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Cultural Studies en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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