Yes, of course I applaud Trump’s announcement of creation of a “Heroes’ Garden”. I especially loved his recital of so many names: athletes, performers, Inventors, social ameliators , and the line: “Only America could have produced them all!”
I reckon the first task is to find a place for the the new park, which the EO has directed be completed within 60 days.
But when it is chosen, I have a vision, complete with auditory hallucination:
I see each of the de-plinthed marble men and the bronze horsemen, moving, stirring, seeming to feel/the stir of life along its keel! I hear a great grinding of stone, a cacophonous clanking of metal, as they all rise and gallop, or stagger zombie-like, toward their Elysian Field, their new Beulah Land, the decapitated marbles carrying their own severed heads, like St. Denis!
Although….I can’t help remembering various occasions where gathering a particular group together , ostensibly for the purpose of honoring them and displaying their strength, have resulted instead in a decisive extermination: Napoleon and the Mamelukes. The Janissaries. The Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee. This place will be a target for the nihilists.
( Will Lady Liberty herself end up there? Or will the mob have to content itself with chiseling away at her face to give her sloe eyes and/or African lips?maybe just painting her face and arms? Truly, right now, it is not easy being green…)
May this be the exception: may a, yes, marmoreal calm reign forever In this proposed refuge for the despiséd and reviled bronze and marble men and their newborn companions(which will include some women! Will we be required to take measures to avoid “statutory rape“…?)
But forgive me, I can’t help seeing the potential for the absurd.
Paging David Černy ! Wonder if he’s watching this?