Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Reflection at Korean War Veterans Memorial

The Korean War Veterans Memorial is in the shape of a triangle. Inside the triangle are 19 statues representing a squad on patrol. The southern side of the triangle is a 164-foot-long black granite wall with photographic images sandblasted into it depicting soldiers, equipment and people involved in the war. Early in the morning, before the tourists descend and stand in between the statues and the wall, the squad  of 19 appear to be 38 military personnel in the reflection. This effect was intended by the wall's architect in order to  symbolize the 38th parallel -- the contentious border between North and South Korea -- in the memorial.

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