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Massey also refutes conventional notions of a sense of place and rootedness as a form of evasion from the actually-unavoidable dynamic change of real life, when she writes, place and locality are a form of romanticised escapism’ (Massey 1991: 29). The work presented here speculates beyond comment or concerns about challenging ideas regarding international borders and their static nature. The urban public landscape is vital in this sense in that it is both an emergent and complex political entity. It offers ideas about democratic space and a public realm that embody certain types of social, environmental and cultural responsibilities as well as recognizing that places are processes.
These places do not have boundaries, they transcend them. This transcendence is both literal and figurative in these works in that they are linked to things/events outside of their geographical contexts and they call for visitors to do the same. The globalization of social relations does not deny place or the importance of the uniqueness of place. It is a sense of place that can only be constructed by linking that place to places and beyond (Sandercock 2003: 136). Places and indeed democratic spaces do not have single unique identities; they are full of internal conflicts. The debates about, within, and through these memorial works are as much a part of the work as their physical manifestations. Kirk Savage, Professor of Art and Architectural History at the University of Pittsburgh, speculates that once a memorial is built, society and the public at large seem to feel at ease with forgetting (Savage 2009: 21). It is as if, by building or making a memorial, there is a conscious placating of those affected, but also collective minds are put at rest as guilt is eased. So, memory must undergo continual renewal in order for the subject of remembrance – in this instance the deaths of undocumented workers travelling into the US and Australia illegally – to stay vivid in our collective conscious (Young 1993: 39). The memory work, as presented in this chapter hopes to illicit discussion and renewal of this ongoing debate as well as interrogating place, space and identity through memorial design.