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Give Dark Elegy a Permanent Home

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On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland by Libyan terrorists killing 259 on board and 11 Lockerbie residents on the ground. Of the 259 passengers that were killed, 35 were Syracuse University students returning home from a study abroad program in London. As a result of this attack, Suse Lowenstein, mother of Syracuse University student Alexander Lowenstein, created Dark Elegy, a sculpture garden that captures the raw, emotional impact of this act of terrorism. As a group led by three 2015 Remembrance Scholars, we are asking for your support in finding Dark Elegy a permanent home on Syracuse University's campus.

Dark Elegy is made up of 76 pieces, each portraying a mother or wife at the moment she found out about her loved one’s death on Pan Am 103. Mrs. Lowenstein began her work with a sculpture of herself, when she found out that her son, Alexander, had died on the flight. From there, she invited family members of the victims to come into her studio, relive the moment, and portray the grief that they felt upon learning of their loved one's death.

"Dark Elegy is a universal appeal for peace and dignity for all victims of senseless hate and vengeance called terrorism and will be a beacon for all peace loving people." It is a reminder that we are all human, and the grief we feel is the same regardless of nationality, skin color, political affiliation, or religion.

Dark Elegy is presently located at Peter and Suse Lowenstein’s personal residence in Montauk, NY. The Lowensteins are looking for a permanent home for the sculpture collection, so that it may be more readily accessible to the public to educate about the emotional and human costs of terrorism. They feel that Syracuse University is the ideal and natural location for Dark Elegy, and ardently wish to donate the sculptures to the university.

We are asking for your support in finding Dark Elegy a permanent home at an institution where students are learning and working daily to make our world a more just and peaceful place. Please join us in our mission to continue to remember the lives of those lost, and to work for a world where terrorism is no longer a reality.

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