Check this out. It’s too cool for school. Member Tombo sends me this today. It’s hard to conceive of Chicago coming up with this. Because they didn’t.

“Above and Beyond”

When visitors first enter this 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.

 Dog tags of 58,226 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago.  The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above & Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Steinbock.  All these metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents.  Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative.  The dog tags are displayed in chronological order as they are on The Wall and each one has the name, branch of service, and date of casualty.

Thank you Ned and Richard for not immersing the dog tags in urine or desecrating our flag to make a statement. This was tastefully done.


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  1. Kiedove says:

    Nice. Public art installation that respectfully informs.

  2. randy says:


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