best ready-made ruin (2008)


Not like the decorative remnants of faux kings' castles they used to build into the overgrowth further up the Hudson, the IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL is a real-life peasant's cottage salvaged to commemorate colonial casualties and shockwaves of immigration. Sunken into a patch of green amid the paved-over landscape, its grass-through-concrete uplift is clear and uncloying. Yet set so near ground zero's gravesite- turned-prime real estate, it also speaks to the wisdom of sometimes leaving bad enough alone.


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