Sunday, November 05, 2006
U.S. Air Force Memorial
United States Air Force Memorial, which was just unveiled last month. Here's how it fits into the D.C. area's relatively low profile -- between the Capitol and the Jefferson Memorial domes. The design is meant to evoke the "bomb burst maneuver" of the Air Force Thunderbirds, but I think it also looks a lot like the missing man formation, the fly-by salute for a fallen comrade, with the spire at the left zooming upward to a slightly higher peak. I also thought of Brancusi's Bird in Space series. The designer was James Ingo Freed, a partner in I.M. Pei's firm who died last year. He also designed the powerful U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, across the river in the district.