"As can be seen from this image of the proposed design, the 'crescent' began as a meandering, ragged semicircle," notes truth seeker Gowain of Texas, This I Know, [via Watching Washington].
"It amazes me that someone would decide to work out whether it was facing Mecca," writes the proprietor of The Auroran Sunset Diary in one of 614 posts tagged to "crescent of embrace" at Technorati this morning. It reminded us of that New Yorker cartoon from way back when where one fish says to the other:
The thing that surprised me wasn't that we're endangered, but that we're snail darters.
Parallel worlds are out there. For more perspective on where the designers of the Flight 93 Memorial were coming from, here's an early iteration of their rationale for the much maligned maple grove from Paul Murdoch Architects'/Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects' Stage I proposal (above image):
The design embraces the place and memory of Flight 93 of the Ridge. A curving arc of maple trees along a walkway unites the Ridge and forms an edge to the bowl, with a focus on the Sacred Ground. This Crescent of Embrace uses the monumental scale of the landscape to commemorate the heroic actions of the passengers and crew of Flight 93.
While re recognize that most interested parties have already made up their minds about an alleged dhimmitudinous landscape gestural nod to Mecca on the part of the designers, the fact is that even if one accepts the notion of alignment of the maple grove's axis with that holiest of all holy places amongst Islamicist terrorists, the [how we hate the name] "Crescent of Embrace" bows down not towards, but away from 21n27/39e49.