Article | Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research | City of Epitaphs 

Title:
City of Epitaphs 
Author:
Megan Hicks: Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.09126453
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Year:
2009
Volume:
1
Theme:
Theme: City of Signs/Signs of the City
Pages:
453-467
No. of pages:
15
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2009-12-21


The pavement lies like a ledger-stone on a tomb. Buried underneath are the remains of fertile landscapes and the life they once supported. Inscribed on its upper side are epitaphic writings. Whatever their ostensible purpose, memorial plaques and public artworks embedded in the pavement are ultimately expressions of civic bereavement and guilt. The pavement’s role as both witness and accomplice to fatality is confirmed by private individuals who publicize their grief with death notices graffitied on the asphalt. To walk the city is to engage in a dialogue about death.

Keywords: Cities; pavement; memorials; public art; shrines; graffiti; Sydney

Volume 1, Theme: Theme: City of Signs/Signs of the City, Article 26, 2009

Author:
Megan Hicks
Title:
City of Epitaphs :
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.09126453
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  • Volume 1, Theme:: Theme: City of Signs/Signs of the City, Article 26, 2009

    Author:
    Megan Hicks
    Title:
    City of Epitaphs :
    DOI:
    10.3384/cu.2000.1525.09126453
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    Citations:
  • Quentin Steven & Mirjana Ristic (2015). Memories Come to the Surface: Pavement Memorials in Urban Public Spaces. Journal of Urban Design, 20(2): 273. DOI: 10.1080/13574809.2015.1009010
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