2008-05-15 / About Town

See the "Secret Life of War Memorials"

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will present an evening with filmmaker and island resident, Patti Cassidy who will show her film "Frozen Glory: the Secret Life of War Memorials," on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the library.

Cassidy explores the creation of Jamestown's East Ferry Veteran's Memorial in detail, through conversations with its architect, Jamestown resident Betty Hubbard. This short documentary details why many memorials look as they do, from the foundryman's art, to the architect's intent, to the historian's interpretation of the spirit of the times surrounding each conflict.

From the Civil War to the present, people have tried to capture the lessons they've learned from bloody conflict in stone and bronze. From the ubiquitous arches of the Civil War to the tragic pieces of WWI to the grim geometry of the Vietnam memorials, each war's memorials are different. This project hopes to move the viewer to see these silent sentinels with a new appreciation of the art.

Patti Cassidy is a filmmaker who specializes in public sculpture. She has lived and worked in Tucson and Boston and is now living in Jamestown, where she was intrigued by the East Ferry memorial from the moment she saw it. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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