Hess mentioned in In digital remembrance: vernacular memory and the rhetorical construction of web memorials that Atwater and Herndon found, ‘physical location of each museum conveys a powerful message.’
For this week’s illustration, I decided to go see George Eastman’s memorial. Because George Eastman was such an innovative and influential entrepreneur (the founder of Kodak) this memorial was created. It is strategically located near the entrance of Kodak Park, which illustrates the aforementioned quote from Hess’s article. He is being remembered for all that he created.
There is a plaque on the right side before taking the stairs down to the memorial. The plaque is a description and brief explanation of the memorial. It was interesting to see this plaque is the only part of the memorial that actually includes George Eastman’s face.
The plaque explains the woman is raising a flame of aspiration and on the other side, a male figure crouching represents Eastman’s photography work. Rather than sad memorial to grief and heal, this memorial remembers Eastman’s success and may be future inspiration to those who visit it. The memorial is mainly constructed of marble, showing that this is a more expensive elaborate site.
This site also shows that the city of Rochester values all of George Eastman’s contributions. Because Kodak has declined so much as a company, the memorial’s meaning may be slightly different. What do you think?