Sculpture, paintings, installations, and various forms of art from around the world will fill the substructure and the grounds above.
The exterior will be white stone. A temple like structure, symbolizing reverence and awe towards those who suffered, and those of use who admire their courage. A place to meditate, to empower, and to make sense of our own suffering.
The 4 entrances into the main structure will be custom ornate medieval influenced metal gates. These gates will be filled with symbolism of courage, dignity, strength, and many artistic interpretations of compassion, empathy, and love. The solid iron material infused with symbolism of love.
This is a style that emerged in the 1950s and grew out of the early-20th century modernist movement, characterized by massive, monolithic and ‘blocky’ appearances with rigid geometric styles and large-scale use of poured concrete. The substructure will symbolize the brutality of suffering architecturally.
The tall windows of the main structure will be large shards of glass sandwiched between the inner and outer panes of glass. They will have light coming from within them, creating a glow at night time. These shards of glass symbolize the broken body and mind, while their position on the memorial symbolizes strength, standing tall, and a light to the world.
The 4 glass pyramids will be similar (though smaller) to the Apple building in New York. In addition to being entrances and exits, these pyramids symbolize and historically represent the sense of harmony and unity within ourselves and with the environment to which we aspire. The modern glass approach ties this connection to history with our modern society.
The exterior floor outside of the memorial will be constructed old style black pavers, arranged in a large circular labyrinth, contrasted by the very modern glass pyramids and the clean white memorial. These pavers and the labyrinth symbolize the path that many people throughout history have walked as they have encountered their trials, born their burdens, and continued to persevere.