A monument proposal for New Orleans
A monument proposal for New Orleans
Is it a matter unknown to any resident of New Orleans how Hurricane Katrina left it at the brink of annihilation? With thousands rendered homeless and several dead, it was not an extreme loss of life and property which Katrina gave to Orleans (“Tropical Cyclone Report Hurricane Katrina”, 2005). Some serious aftermath followed the destruction by Katrina which made triggered criminal activities and terror. But, it was the courage and unity of the people along with the Government’s efforts which finally helped re-establish Orleans to a beautiful city.
This essay aims at presenting a proposal for a monument in New Orleans which can represent the courage and unity among people during and after the disastrous attack of hurricane Katrina. The monument will be a tower with creative art and sculpture, about 60 feet in height and with varied breadth at different heights.
What will be ‘The Shrine of Unison’
Its sole aim will be to convey that no matter how difficult a time comes, when people get together and fight back, it becomes easier to recover and re-establish a society or city and spirits, like it happened in New Orleans in 2005. No matter how hard it hit, people settled themselves to a normal life and showed the spirit to ‘keep moving ahead in life’. That is why, this monument
this monument will be named as ‘The Shrine of Unison’ to keep the people inspired to be united and strong.
This monument will be located near Superdome, one of the largest buildings in New Orleans which suffered damage during hurricane but sheltered so many evacuees (Fox News, 2005). Superdome was significant in saving many lives. ‘The Shrine of Unison’ would represent the spirit with many added reflections from the time of this calamity and the final process of reestablishment. It is to be noted that the place should be a public one so that people can come visit it and learn something.
Why ‘The Shrine of Unison’ would be an artistic as well as humane experience
The main tower of white marble for this monument will be based on a huge black granite platform. The four sides of the platform perpendicular to the ground would respectively depict four huge paintings or engravings of how the hurricane hit Orleans, how devastating it was, how people fought back to rehabilitate and how finally it came back to life. The main face or surface of the platform would be a clean and shiny, cold surface from where the base of the 60 feet tower will begin. At around forty feet o, will be depicted using white and gray marble with metal and clay at places to show the wave-life structure. Above that there will be carvings and statues of thousands of men and women pushing against the hurricane ring. On the tip of the tower, there will be a structure made of blue gems to depict a flame of victory.
‘The Shrine of Unison’ would represent the spirit of human to cope with adverse situations. It will represent how Orleans emerged victorious in the end with its brave people and Government.
When a city hit so severely by hurricane got caught in crime and maladministration, this aftermath earned too much publicity worldwide. But, it’s not what happened to people in distress which defines them completely. Finally, when New Orleans came back to a settled and well-managed form, it’s the positivity which people should remember. That’s why ‘’The Shrine of Unison’ is being proposed for construction.
- "Governor: Evac Superdome, Rescue Centers." Fox News/Associated Press. August 30, 2005.
- Richard D. Knabb, Jamie R. Rhome, and Daniel P. Brown, National Hurricane Center, “Tropical Cyclone Report Hurricane Katrina”, August 23–30, 2005.