Untitled Film Still #34, Napier

Untitled Film Still #34, Napier

Are the dead glorious? Are they ours? I don’t know. This monument gave me a strange feeling. Kind of a sad feeling, but also a feeling that I was staring at some kind of ironic 80’s album cover, from New Order or the like. According to Wikipedia, this Napier monument is a cenotaph, “a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are elsewhere.” The “glorious dead” phrase is a common cenotaph inscription, apparently chosen by Rudyard Kipling, whose son John died in WWI.

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