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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Andersonville, National Prisoner of War Museum

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This courtyard is behind the National Prisoner of War museum at Andersonville. The courtyard, which contains a meandering stream, recalls the water themes common to many POW experiences, and a brick and bronze sculpture. If you walk out behind the sculpture, you can view the partially reconstructed prison stockade. 
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The designers and members of the American Ex-Prisoners of War (AXPOW) believed that a place was needed to contemplate the difficult story of POWs and the initial concept of a water feature and sculpture was developed and approved by AXPOW. Because art is difficult to procure through government contracts, AXPOW took responsibility for raising the necessary funds. An artist was chosen and work began. Construction of the courtyard and the water feature required extra attention to the slopes and grade of the plaza to ensure the visual and audible effects of cascading water. The bronze sculpture of a the standing prisoner is actually part of the fountain with water dripping from his hands. 
Artist: Donna Dobberfuhl.
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This is my contribution to this week's Taphophile Tragics, because of the large number of Union soldiers of the American Civil War who died in the prison. Click the link to see more contributions.
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8 comments:

RedPat said...

This is wonderful! I love the water feature.

Nellies said...

Beautiful monument, thanks for sharing!

Francisca said...

A well-done memorial monument for a tragic human experience.

[Thanks for turning off WV, bfarr]

Lowell said...

This is one of the more notorious prisons of history, methinks. It would be an interesting place to visit. Nicely done, Barb!

CaT said...

it shows how sad it all is.
very pretty.
just yesterday me and my bf were wondering why so many ex-soldiers end up on the streets... its really sad!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Beautifully sculpted but so sad Barb. It's good to have these memorials so we never forget.

Nicola Carpenter said...

What an amazing memorial!

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Julie said...

Having that single POW out there in the third dimension really personalises the memorial, Barb. We have similar structures lining our main war memorial avenue in Canberra. They are not necessarily to POWs though. Just the expression of the artwork is similar.

I do not know many of the details of the Civil War, so am not aware of the significance of the Andersonville prison.Actually, I did not realise that prisoners were taken. I thought they were so enraged each side with the other, that they took no prisoners!

Thank you for your continuing contribution to Taphophile Tragics. I enjoy your posts each time.