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COVID-19 Community Memorial - The memorial’s proposal is to hit a global level and to be able to be recreated anywhere, just like COVID-19. The Memorial was idealized as an ephemeral structure, By being modular and easily assembled.
The intention is it to be placed in many different city civic areas, because of its important meaning as a population meeting spot, relating to the agglomeration issues during the pandemic.
The memorial design is based on a symbolism reinterpretation used by the health centers to represent the infection risk, and creates a maze, to create different feelings while walking through it.
The possible materials would be: exposed metal beams structures, due to reuse, resistance and easy building system; tempered glass flor, as a symbol of the virus’ “invisibility”; Rotating welded aluminum panels, that gives a better performance, durability and can be made of recycled materials; wood arched walls to bring the idea of trees and its roots, that while growing leave their marks on the ground, just like the COVID-19 pandemic will mark history. On the convex side, the black neoprene rubber sheet coating brings up the fear due to the virus’ new form. Besides being a material for good sound perception, able to absorb parts of the city noise and increase the visitors’ attention while mourning for their losses.
Looking for symbols used on this pandemic period, some items were considered on the design: the 5ft distance between the aluminum panels and the arched walls; the round shape, doing reference to people’s union; the wind direction, through the rotation of the memorial’s peripheral aluminum panels, given the virus’ dynamic infection; the arched walls concave side represents the union between social distancing and agglomeration; the lighting, provided by the led panels floor. The light represents life, hope and vitality after Coronavirus. Furthermore, will be used as an information source about the pandemic.
According to the COVID-19 victims number, the idea is each person can record their loss. Humanizing the memorial, the possible feeling caused on the visitors will transform the space into a touching place, where people can share stories, bringing an interaction with the memorial’s picture walls that would be placed in the arched walls' convex sides. The impact on people is based on their memories and reflection about the Coronavirus’ period, through the relation between the memorial in a civic area and its elements, like the contrast between translucents and opaques, lighting and wind direction, reminding feelings and thoughts people had on this moment of uncertainties.
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