What do you think of the new Peace Building and Conflict Resolution Centre designed by Daniel Libeskind at the site of the Maze Prison? I personally detest modern architecture and in my own personal empire would crucify modern architects along our highways like the rebels in the army of Spartacus, but that is just me. The name sucks too. But the concept of turning prisons into museums is catching on as quick as you can whistle Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues.
You can visit Isla de los Alcatraces (Island of the Pelicans) now known as Alcatraz. Devil’s Island, Port Arthur Australia, Robben Island and the Louisiana State Penitentiary (called Angola).
I’ve been to Kilmainham Gaol, The Tower of London and Carbon County Prison (where they hung the Molly Maguires). Good times, especially when you can leave on your own accord. And please, no cell phone jokes.
A lot of great writers wrote in jail (Cervantes, Oscar Wilde, Sir Thomas Malory). But I don’t suggest a long stay. A day visit is usually enough time to “get it”.
Of course in Northern Island nothing can go forward that doesn’t offend someone. The conversion of The Maze prison is no different. What are your thoughts on it?