From the Collection of The Patterson Foundation
Sarasota National Cemetery
The east entrance to Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida is a transitional space between the cemetery at large and the side of the ceremonial amphitheater dedicated to themes of family and community that honor military service.
The two curved walls at the east entrance open a concave space in the gateway, which is dramatically set apart from the ceremonial amphitheater.
On the right side of the east entrance, the viewer finds a nest occupied by an adult American Bald Eagle and an eaglet. Like a human dwelling, the nest is a “Home” where acts of everyday life occur. Here, the eagle, like a soldier, learns to protect “Home,” knowing that one day she or he may have to leave in order to protect freedoms.
(Photo by Billl Wagy)