Monday, February 07, 2005

Bamyian Buddhas

I thought the discussion was terrific in class--especially since everyone I had spoke with before thought that it was a non-issue because "of course we should rebuild them." (!) If anyone would like to add any more thoughts, please do so here. Some of the key issues are:

* Whom would reconstruction benefit?

* What, if any, priority should 'art" and historical documentation have over immediate human needs?

*Would reconstruction elsewhere retain any of the same meaning? And what abotut scale issues--too big for a museum?

*How does the choice to rebuild compare with the US discussion about twin towers site? With decisions to rebuild cathedrals after bombings in WW II?

* What is the best reaction to the Taliban's actions (in terms of visual treatment of the site)? What messages can we send?


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