Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470
"Monuments We'd Like to Forget"
Fri, September 26, 2008 • 4:00 PM • GRG 102
"For the past sixty years, the citizens of Vienna, Austria, have struggled with what to do with their city's most notorious monuments. In three centrally-located parks stand virtually all that remains from Vienna's Nazi past: six enormous flak towers -- windowless, indestructible, and water-tight -- that cast dark shadows over Vienna's fabled picturesque landscape. Built between 1942 and 1944 by the Third Reich's Armaments Ministry, the amorphous concrete giants that once served as anti-aircraft and radio towers today function as indestructible monuments in a city that strives to forget its least heralded past. Interrogating their contested presence on the landscape is the purpose of this lecture."