Hazard on the Pitch


Sure it’s a funny picture, but the story is anything but.

Spectacular project of Sebastian Errazuriz in 2006 (“Memorial of a Concentration Camp”, Santiago, Chile):

“A 10-meter magnolia tree is planted in the center of Chile’s National Stadium where dictator Pinochet in 1973 imprisoned thousands of political prisoners who were tortured and killed.

After planting the tree, the stadium doors are open to the public as a park, offering a space to stop, look again, and remember.

An impossible, cathartic soccer match played before 20,000 people, closes the project after a week of activity.”

[Story with more images can be found here.]

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6 Responses to “Hazard on the Pitch”

  1. Lemur King Says:

    Anything remotely connected to Pinochet should be napalmed, salted heavily with radioactive cobalt, and buried.

    Some people say I’m too soft on evil dictators. It’s a character flaw of mine.

    Build a memorial to the victims in some beautiful area overlooking a beautiful valley or something.

    To quote Savage: Just one man’s opinion.

  2. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Lemur– You’re too soft on evil dictators.

  3. Jingle Says:

    funny indeed,
    hope that you have a lovely day!

  4. Jingle Says:


    two awards on the bottom for you,
    please join the party in celebrating Doraz’s 2 year blogging fun.
    thanks for the attention!

  5. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Lemur– FWIW, I sent an html copy of this post to a blogger friend who’s a better historian than I, and got this response:

    “Pinochet has a bad rep because the International Left smeared him. Was Pinochet brutal, yes but he was dealing with people who wanted to destroy Chile. He was no angel, but he wasn’t a devil either. Americans think the world is like here, it’s not there is pure evil out there and sometimes evil needs to be death with. He turned that nation into a modern country, something Castro and Chavez haven’t done.”

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Jingle– Thanks for the notice. I dropped a message on Doraz’ blog, and yours as well.

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