arts 04.15.08


It was on this date in 1912 that the Titanic sank in the Atlantic south of Newfoundland.

Artist Melissa Gould (MUG readers know her Neu-York map) has been thinking for years about a way to commemorate that event with a public art project. Her original idea for what she calls Ghostship/The Titanic Project was to install an actual piece on the spot where the ship went down.

After talking with maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham, the plan was modified to its new form: in 2012, on the evening of the 100th anniversary of the Titantic disaster, Ms. Gould plans to project an illuminated, life-size deck plan (882' x 92') of the ship onto the slip in the Hudson River where the White Star liner was due to dock. How cool is that?

Mr. Maxtone-Graham says, "The image of an illuminated, full-scale Titanic deck plan, floating radiantly within a Manhattan slip, should serve as its own reward, an evocative memorial of incalculable power." (Just another way of saying, how cool is that?)

Ms. Gould is seeking some combination of corporate, municipal, and/or cultural sponsorship for the project. She's also looking for a "steering committee" (a felicitous choice of words?) to serve as a board of advisors.

MUG thinks this is a great idea that we hope will come to fruition. If you, your company or organization would like to be involved in some way, contact Melissa at

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