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That thing you’re sitting on is a War Memorial

By nsn - 29 August 2011 60

sitting on the memorial

Reading through the “In the City” magazine that came with today’s Canberra Times, I had to do a double-take at the photo on page 25, accompanying the article (by which I mean puff piece) about a Canberra woman who is the executive officer of UN Women Australia.

The photo shows that woman sitting on the ACT Memorial.

Which bright spark at Canberra CBD Ltd/In the City magazine decided that it would be suitable to have this woman pose, laughing and in a little black dress, on the memorial to Canberra’s veterans and war dead?

And you have to wonder if, for her part, this woman ever stopped to think about the kind of message that a photo of the executive director of UN Women Australia sitting on a war memorial would present for that UN agency.

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That thing you’re sitting on is a War Memorial
Peewee Slasher 12:34 pm 29 Aug 11

She’s just showing that she’s got ball.

WillowJim 12:17 pm 29 Aug 11

Why didn’t the OP name her as Julie McKay? Is there some reason people dance around names like that?

In any event, she hasn’t harmed the memorial and I doubt anyone, even the OP, really believes that she meant to show disrespect to anyone. So why does this matter? Genuine respect is internal; it’s about how we treat people and remember them. It has nothing to do with building glass and steel monuments, or worshipping such monuments.

And is it somehow made worse, as the OP suggests, by the fact that Julie’s wearing “a little black dress”?

(I also agree with Brandi’s comment.)

Beserk Keyboard Warr 12:14 pm 29 Aug 11

On my lunch break today I’m going to take a walk to that thing and sniff it Troy Buswell style.

GardeningGirl 12:09 pm 29 Aug 11

I didn’t originally know what that was either, however if you are going to take a photo like that and if you are going to feature it in a publication then it’s probably wise to take a look around and see if there’s any signage.
Btw I’m not impressed with the recent fashion ads on tv featuring the distinctive exterior walls of the War Memorial. Surely there were plenty of other architecturally interesting backdrops to choose from?

what_the 11:45 am 29 Aug 11

Oh and ps, DAMN!!

what_the 11:43 am 29 Aug 11

That’s a war memorial? I think the fact people are sitting on it for photos demonstrates it clearly hasn’t met its objective. I doubt there’s many people that would knowingly sit on a war memorial. I better not sit on those sheep then, it could also be some bizzare abstract reference to the war…

blowers 11:09 am 29 Aug 11

Does that globe glow with colored lights at night? And react to the sound of the car horn like the cube that used to a few years ago?

PM 10:30 am 29 Aug 11

I don’t think my veteran relations would mind her sitting on it…

nanzan 10:23 am 29 Aug 11

Is it possible that not one person who was part of that photo shoot knew what the memorial was for – or even that it was a memorial? Given that information (in the form of signage etc) about the memorial is located at the memorial, I think that is unlikely.

That means, then surely, that both the Canberra Times (whose own fountain is only a few metres away, but admittedly more difficult to sit on!) and the UN Office for Women (Australia) both thought it appropriate to treat a memorial to the ACT’s war dead in this way.

A beautiful photo, but a shocking lack of judgement I would suggest. It does not reflect well on any of the people involved.

Brandi 10:08 am 29 Aug 11

Great legs.

Henry82 10:04 am 29 Aug 11

wonderful, what a fantastic way to treat our servicemen, some of whom have died fighting for our country. Not really surprising from a subsidiary of the Canberra Times

I suppose at least it’s not being damaged by skaters?

DUB 9:58 am 29 Aug 11

sarahsarah said :

Well, to be completely honest, I’ve walked past that thing dozens of times and I didn’t know that’s what it was – I thought it was just another art installation. It doesn’t exactly shout “war memorial” and I’m surpised by the location for it. I would have thought (perhaps naively) something like that would have been on ANZAC Parade.

I’m not saying it’s not cringe-worthy but I think it was an honest mistake rather than deliberate disrepect.

+1. I, personally, blame Stanhope for it.

wooster 9:57 am 29 Aug 11

I think we should be doting on the disrespectfulness of creating a war memorial that looks like that 😐

sarahsarah 9:42 am 29 Aug 11

Well, to be completely honest, I’ve walked past that thing dozens of times and I didn’t know that’s what it was – I thought it was just another art installation. It doesn’t exactly shout “war memorial” and I’m surpised by the location for it. I would have thought (perhaps naively) something like that would have been on ANZAC Parade.

I’m not saying it’s not cringe-worthy but I think it was an honest mistake rather than deliberate disrepect.

phototext 9:37 am 29 Aug 11

Classy.

So there is at least four people there who should have twigged that it may not be the best of props.

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