Medium: Installation of steel and copper plates
The Other Vietnam Memorial stands 13 feet tall and is fitted with multiple, revolving, copper plates. Etched on each sheet—a form that recalls printing plates and, furthermore, the writing of history—are three million names compiled from Vietnamese phone books and mixed and matched through a computer. Without exact records, Burden had to compile three million names to match the total number of war dead, including Vietnamese losses, during America's involvement in the Vietnam War, many more than the 57,939 dead from American losses listed in Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Other Vietnam Memorial is a key example of Burden's investment in sociopolitical concerns and historiographic issues.