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Dog Tags

Untitled attachment 008931When visitors first enter the museum, they will hear a sound like wind chimes coming from above them and their attention will be drawn upward 24 feet to the ceiling of the two-story high atrium.
Dog tags of the more than 58,000 service men and women who died in the Vietnam War hang from the ceiling of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. The 10-by-40-foot sculpture, entitled Above & Beyond, was designed by Ned Broderick and Richard Stein.

The tens of thousands of metal dog tags are suspended 24 feet in the air, 1 inch apart, from fine lines that allow them to move and chime with shifting air currents. Museum employees using a kiosk and laser pointer help visitors locate the exact dog tag with the imprinted name of their lost friend or relative.Untitled attachment 008962

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6 comments on “Dog Tags

  1. renxkyoko
    July 17, 2013

    That’s a wonderful design to honor those who died in the Vietnam War. It’s alsio saddening to know there were almost 60,000 that died in an unnecessary war.

    • Judy
      July 19, 2013

      Such a waste of life isn’t it? I always think that we are destroying our future generations with these wars. Brilliant scientists, doctors, humanitarians etc so sad. cheers Judy 🙂

  2. Patty B
    July 18, 2013

    Simply amazing – and to think Ray K. is among them – may we never forget any of them.

    • Judy
      July 19, 2013

      Indeed it’s a wonderful tribute to them isn’t it? cheers Judy 🙂

  3. Theresa
    July 23, 2013

    I would imagine the sense of spirit here would be heavy, yet light, at the same time. May we always remember them as they soar…

  4. dorannrule
    August 1, 2013

    What an amazing tribute….

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