Monday, December 3, 2012

Okay, This Is Pretty Darn Impressive

Gerry sends in this one.

Above and Beyond Memorial.
When visitors first enter the museum, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium. There they will see tens of thousands of metal dog tags, spaced evenly one inch apart, suspended from fine lines which will allow them to move like a living thing with the shifts in air currents.
This:


(picture from Gerry's e-mail, no idea on source)

Okay, now I have a reason to go back to Chicago...

That is all.


4 comments:

Brad_in_MA said...

Jay,

I'll give you another reason to go back to Chicago . . . The Museum of Science and Industry. Once at the museum, visit the exhibit on the U-505 submarine. The '505 is a German type IX-C long-range fleet boat which was CAPTURED AT SEA by a US Navy task force a couple days before D-Day. After years languishing and rotting in Portsmouth, NH, the boat was towed up the Atlantic, through the St. Lawrence Seaway, across the great lakes and parked on the grounds of the museum. There's also a neat story about how one of the 505's scopes was lost, and then found decades later in a Navy warehouse near San Diego, CA.

Watch the movie Das Boot, then go visit the sub. Or visit the sub first . . . you will have new-found appreciation for all sailors, from all sides of the conflict, who manned these "iron coffins."

Two links about the boat
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http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/u-505/

http://www.uboat.net:8080/boats/u505.htm

One link about the type
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http://www.uboat.net:8080/types/ixc.htm
- Brad

Old NFO said...

Great museum, STILL not a good enough reason to visit Chi-town...

Andie said...

Wow... that is amazing. Never been, but I am a big fan of going somewhere new at least once so I can decide if I like it or not. Thanks for adding another place to my list!

Angus McThag said...

I eagerly await the day that such a memorial is made in the United States.