Friday, April 8, 2011
Civilians Defend Antiquity
I was struck by this photo found making its rounds on Twitter in January. Amid chaos and anarchy Egyptians civilians came together by linking arms in front of the National Museum to prevent looters from raiding the priceless treasures of antiquity. These artefacts are the property of all Egyptian citizens. This touching gesture epitomizes the sacrement of visual culture, and the importance of a Nations's sacred objects as part of an irreplaceable collection of heritage. Total democracy may be on the horizon but without the wealth of history preserved in this ancient region there would be no history. No past. No future. The world needs Egypt.