Sometimes a gift is best left unopened. I was watching the first quarter of the NY Giants and Carolina Panthers football game today, when the telecast cut away to a live shot of the “Teardrop Memorial” — a 100-foot tall gift from Russia to the citizens of Bayonne, New Jersey — intended to memorialize the dead in the World Trade Center disaster. The teardrop alone is 40 feet long! However, to even an untrained eye, the monument looks more like a vagina dripping sperm, than a tear falling between torn twin towers.
NJ.com reports today that the Teardrop Memorial is going to be moved because its present location on the Bayonne peninsula is being sold:
Mayor Mark Smith also addressed the crowd, saying that while nothing could heal the pain of those that lost ones in the attacks, one should not become “twisted by revenge.”
Smith addressed head-on the uproar over the announcement last month that due to the sale of the Military Ocean Terminal to the Port Authority, the Teardrop Memorial would be moved to make way for a container port.
I humbly suggest the Teardrop Memorial be quietly dumped at the bottom of the Kill Van Kull tidal strait — and let it rest there as it sleeps with the fishes.
Monuments are delicate things, and a wide array of wishes and tastes must be served in such a public divination of fallow mourning and future loss juxtaposed against rising hope and fertile celebration.
For Bayonne to give such prominent promotion of such a ghastly sculpture neither honors the dead nor enlightens the citizenry who mourn the ideal the “teardrop” is meant to convey.