........This and that as things come up
Monumental sculpture has a way of doing that; it exists for that very reason. Regardless of the country one visits, heros and gods writ large are worth a snap to show we've been there. For me, as I think of that first time I visited the Lincoln Memorial, it was after having lived in apartheid South Africa in the 1970s. I can still remember my sense of history, of being overcome, by the promise of it all. Today, it's a bit different as I think of the imperial proportions of the Mall and its monuments to the glory of an unintentional empire. I ponder, and ask how did it go so wrong? America hasn't changed; I have.
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