A sacred place honoring those who overcame great suffering.

A clean, white temple-like classic exterior structure symbolizing light.

A brutalist architectural interior symbolizing suffering.

SMF-home-building.jpg
SMF-Web-architecture.png

The architecture

This memorial will be built on the scale of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and will serve as a place of reverence and respect as the world reflects on humanity’s suffering and resilience. In the interim there will be a traveling exhibit to promote the memorial, gather artists and stories while raising the funding for the permanent location.

SMF-Web-tree.png

The main feature in the center of the memorial is a massive bronze ancient olive tree with crystal glass leaves with heavenly beings comforting those in their hour of suffering. Below this main area will be a collection of stories that tackle difficult subjects of abuse, suicide, and other global suffering that crosses all borders.

SMF-Web-basement.png

Traditional

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.

SMF-Architecture-Traditional.jpg
SMF-Architecture-Medieval.jpg

Medieval

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 the symbolism of love. 

Brutalist

Brutalist architecture 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.

SMF-Architecture-Brutalist.jpg
SMF-Architecture-Symbolic.jpg

Symbolic

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; a light to the world.

Modern

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. 

SMF-Architecture-Modern.jpg
SMF-Architecture-OldWorld.jpg

Old world

The exterior floor outside of the memorial will be constructed from old-style black pavers, arranged in a large circular labyrinth. 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.

SMF-Web-arial view.png
SMF-Web-green-1.png
SMF-Web-green-3.png

We are currently seeking individuals who want to be involved, who love the arts, and want to make a global impact on humanity.

“We are connecting people with inspiring stories in a global initiative. 

As artists & composers we want to hear your story, tell your story, and take our part in the human experience of those who overcome great odds to rise to great achievement.”   

– Founder & Director Jimmi Toro

Contact:

Jimmi Toro, 770-778-2725

sufferingmemorial@gmail.com

OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS

SMF-home-BWA.jpg
TILT-05.png
Bracken-logo.jpg
SMF-home_Letterman.jpg
SMF-home_WLG.jpg
UAG-logo.jpg