Tragedy and death are often the impetus for deep feelings and, for an artist, the impetus to create great design. For example, the National Park Service hosts the Vietnam Memorial. As their site says, “Honoring the men and women who served in the controversial Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial chronologically lists the names of more than 58,000 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country.” The monument is a wall, located north of the Lincoln Memorial. Yale architectural and design student, Maya Lin, submitted the winning design. It consists of two black triangular granite walls, which are sunk into the ground at an angle of 125 degrees. Each wall is 250-ft (76m) long. The walls transition from a height of 8 inches (20cm) and meet at their highest point where they are 10-ft (3m) high.
Another great feature with art defining tragedy is at the Permanent Exhibition of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It is a self-guided tour that moves through three floors, starting at the top. Of course, it details the systematic persecution, annihilation, and mass murder of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945—World War II.
The Museum’s self-guided Permanent Exhibition, The Holocaust, offers a comprehensive historical narrative. One moves through the exhibition’s three floors, starting at the top. It looks like a gorgeous facility and there is a .pdf guidebook that details more information. The exhibit hall is quite extensive—and it is art representing many facets of this horrendous point in history.
A new dynamic symbol was just created by a French illustrator after the Paris shooting and horrible slaughter we saw just a couple days ago. His name is Jean Jullien and he posted it to Twitter. It is a very clever rendition of the the Eiffel Tower inside a peace sign and done in a brush ink pen, which gives it a dynamic look—different from anything that might be too perfect or made from template signage. We love it and wanted to present it here for you. You can also read an interview with Jean on Slate.com with reporter Leon Neyfakh.
This image has gone viral and it is already appearing on clothing and other objects. This artist has also done a stunning illustration of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last January as well. Please give him the credit he is due.
Art is powerful, can be full of emotion and, as you can see here, it helps to express tragedy and despair. We believe in art and design as a healing medium and something that unites all people. Thank you Jean Jullien for helping us to express our grief.