A Quiet Sea

On a calm, clear April night in 1912, the largest vessel in the world, R.M.S. Titanic, steaming westbound on her maiden voyage, brushed an iceberg. Two hours and forty minutes later, she upended and sank. Embraced by the frigid and quiet sea, over 1,500 people perished in the still, moonless and starry expanse of the cold North Atlantic night.

Model of the Titanic at night, © Christian Stenfelt May 5, 2012

R.M.S. Titanic

In 1998, a 15-ton, 26 by 12 foot portion of the Titanic's hull was salvaged from the wreck. Since then, it has been on exhibit at the MGM Luxor Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, a haunting and powerful remnant of the ship and its mythic status.

© Experiential Media Group screenshot from YouTube video

Titanic Hull Section

This, then, was the TITANIC: an ambitious endeavor with a clear commercial purpose that in legend became a unique marine disaster caused by a cascade of small decisions. If any of these had turned out differently, the ship and the lives lost might have been spared, resulting in the highly anticipated, joyful, and orderly debarkation at Pier 59 almost 111 years ago. Fate, however, decreed that the bond of departure and arrival be broken. The project proposed here seeks to mend, in part, that break.