Friday, August 21, 2009

Souvenirs Of World Disasters

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A building’s tragic history makes for a great souvenir.

Designer Constantin Boym turns some of the world’s most tragic moments into keepsakes with his Buildings of Disaster souvenirs – tiny metal models of structures that have a dark historic past.

Among the mini monuments of sadness are the Pentagon, missing the chunk where the plane hit on 9/11, the UT Tower in Austin, Texas, that was site of the brutal random shootings in 1966, Paris’ Alma Tunnel where Princess Diana died, and Ford’s Theater.

Boym says his souvenirs fulfill a “fuzzy function,” meaning they are meant for “collecting and enjoyment.”

He believes that these keepsakes help people retain the “pained memories” of the events that took place in these buildings.

He also has a line of Recession Souvenirs – buildings whose construction has been halted midway due to the economic downturn to commemorate “what could have been but can’t be anymore.”

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