A virtual oasis: Trafalgar Square’s Arch of Palmyra

Burch, S. ORCID: 0000-0001-8293-1850, 2017. A virtual oasis: Trafalgar Square’s Arch of Palmyra. International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR, 11 (3), pp. 58-77. ISSN 1938-7806

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Abstract

This paper considers the destruction of the Arch of Palmyra in Syria in 2015 and its temporary reconstruction a year later in London’s Trafalgar Square. Attention is paid to an adjacent pedestal known as the Fourth Plinth, with a particular focus on a proposed monument by the Iraqi-American conceptual artist, Michael Rakowitz (born 1973). His works provide the basis for a discussion of public memorials and art’s commemorative function; the preservation, destruction and politicisation of heritage; the role of technology for the purposes of documentation and reconstruction; notions of authenticity; ethics and legal issues surrounding the global trade in cultural artefacts.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Architectural Research: ArchNet-IJAR
Creators: Burch, S.
Publisher: ArchNet
Date: 22 November 2017
Volume: 11
Number: 3
ISSN: 1938-7806
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.26687/archnet-ijar.v11i3.1401DOI
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 27 Nov 2017 11:14
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2017 11:14
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32087

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