By Rebekah Jampole
Arizona Daily Wildcat
September 11, 2002
Based on student suggestions, the wall panels are to be taken out of storage and displayed permanently as a memorial
A year ago today, UA gave its students the Wall of Expression, a chance for them to cope with the terrorist attacks and write what was on their minds.
But where are the wall panels now?
The panels will be pulled out of storage eventually, said Jeff Warburton, an associate director of theatre arts who was influential in getting walls put up near the arts complex last September.
"These walls are a part of history specific to the university, they have a significant meaning to those who saw them."
- Carol Thompson
"Those walls are a part of history specific to the university, they have a significant meaning to those who saw them," said Carol Thompson, senior associate dean of students.
The Wall of Expression, which eventually extended to other areas of campus, was erected on the UA Mall as a public diary for the UA community.
A month later, the wall was taken down, after concerns emerged that the board had turned to graffiti.
But the panels of the wall are not lost, nor are the thoughts written on them. For now, they are in storage, while the UA administration and students decide on the wall's final resting place.
"It's one of those things you don't want to lose," Warburton said.
But despite the fact that the wall has been absent for nearly a year, students have not forgotten it.
"I think they should take parts of (the wall), with a really special drawing or quote, and display them," said Teresa Bevins, a secondary education senior.
Suggestions as to the fate of the wall have poured in from students and the community, all hoping to see the wall and the messages it carries again, Thompson.
"We are taking in to consideration many student suggestions concerning the walls of expression," she said.
So far, Proposals have included a memorial display of parts of the wall in the Student Union Memorial Center or the Museum of Art.
No final decision has been made as to when or where the wall will appear again.
A new Wall of Remembrance has been constructed at the Flandrau Science Center. Students are encouraged to use the wall to reflect and express thoughts, a year after the events of Sept. 11. The wall will remain on display for the next three weeks.
Students with suggestions about what to do with the Walls of Expressions can contact the Dean of Students Office.