best ready-made ruin (2008)

IRISH HUNGER MEMORIAL

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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