In case you thought the International Freedom Center was the only abomination set to be opened at Ground Zero, the New York Daily News finds another equally vile tenant, which they identify in this editorial.
We have nothing against silly, self-important, half-baked pieces of “political art” per se. If someone of the “political artist” persuasion chooses to believe that a drawing of a jetliner dive-bombing a naked, spread-legged woman constitutes a sagacious 9/11 statement – “Homeland Security,” this specimen is titled – then fine, draw away, and let the product freely hang in whatever private gallery chooses to display the thing, and let all who would admire it come around and do so all they please.
But not at Ground Zero.
Works such as “Homeland Security” belong nowhere near the sobering pit where the twin towers stood, but the prospect of such a sacrilege arises because Gov. Pataki and his lower Manhattan minions have given space there to a SoHo art gallery called The Drawing Center. What were they thinking? Did they even take two minutes to glance through The Drawing Center’s catalogue, which, besides “Homeland Security,” also features such artistic creations as:
- The infamous hooded Abu Ghraib figure, the wires falling from his wrists to arrange themselves into the word “Liberty.”
And so on and so forth. In short, it’s plain as day that The Drawing Center does not bring to the downtown planning a single-minded respect for the memories of the dead – which is, after all, the point of a Ground Zero memorial, we would think.That’s perhaps the understatement of the day.
Gov. Pataki, who supposedly has Presidential ambitions in 2008, would be wise to quickly sweep away both the IFC and The Drawing Center. Leave the politics out of Ground Zero, Governor, or you’ll be the one left out of politics in 2008…
See also: Violated … again – [New York Daily News]