Field analysis: Madison Square park

I find this memorial very interesting because for the 2 individuals mentioned, Pamela and Emma, it is not stated who these people are to John. The main components of the memorial are the plaque itself and the bench, although I feel as though the fact that it’s simple adds to the beauty of the message. The park has many of these plaques on it’s benches, each from different people with different things to say about life or the world. What’s being implied by this plaque is that Emma, Pamela, and John possibly met each other at this park, and they might’ve shared many memories there so John hopes that they may all reunite at the park as they did. I am left wondering who are Emma and Pamela to John. Perhaps simply close friends? Maybe his siblings?

I think it would be good to know when the plaque was made. Perhaps John is mourning Emma and Pamela and wishes they may one day be together in spirit once more.

This monument reminds me of something I saw while on a trip to lake once. I stumbled upon a tree and these 2 individuals carved they’re initials into the trunk and drew a heart around it.

I think it was intended for friends to see this. Many long lasting friendships can begin in simple places like a park. I myself have known my 2 best friends for 9 and 7 years respectively.

I strongly believe the memorial is meant to be a promise of some sort, that one day these people will be happy together for eternity and be able to live peacefully.

The composition is rather simple, seeing as it’s just a plaque on a bench, however I find that to be quite interesting in itself because you once you notice the plaque is there, it might incline you to look for other plaques and read them.

Pathos is very much the defining Aristotelian element. I say that because once again, John simply wants to be with Pamela and Emma again. He yearns for their company which is a message that many can relate to. At the end of the day, everyone has someone they love and that love can take on many forms.

I wouldn’t say this memorial has identity markers, at least not ones that are visible.

You won’t notice this memorial unless you really slow down and start paying attention. I feel that that design was deliberate because people are always moving so fast and worrying about where they need to be at any given point in life, so much so that they forget to appreciate where they are at the moment. Once you take the time to read the plaques, you’ll be intrigued, perhaps you’ll look at the other plaques and be able to read what they say.

I feel as though this plaque is very successful. John clearly cares about Emma and Pamela, so much that he got this plaque done perhaps to honor the place where they met. Although there are many other plaques with profound meanings, this one sticks out to me much more because I can genuinely relate to it. I know I would like to keep my friends close to me, even when they one day might go away.

4 thoughts on “Field analysis: Madison Square park

  1. Plaques in a bench I feel are harder to notice vs a statue because most people I feel tend to ignore the plaque which wouldn’t make it as successful, but by the way you explain it, it does look successful to me now.

  2. I really like this plaque and as you said I like the simplicity of it. I think it definitely leaves the viewers questioning the significance behind it and what the back story is but in my opinion, that’s what makes it so interesting.

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