Permanence of Memory

Public installation: artist book, audio testimony, photographs on mylar, historic objects, glass vitrines

1995-96

Permanence of Memory examines the complexity of remembering WWII and is sited in the interior of Battery 201 in Two lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where 2,000 residents died fighting in the war. Drawing on oral history and collected objects to transport viewers into the headspace of a veteran, McCallum's installation illuminated wartime images and the voices of Maine veterans to evoke a familiar yet disturbing and fragmented vision of war.