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The memorial has been designed to honor all the people that have been affected by the global crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. It seeks to raise awareness for future generations about unforeseeable problems the world may face and the impact it can have on the daily life of humans.
The memorial will be located in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, the city with the second recorded case of COVID-19 in Mexico. The city contains the location El Cerro del Creston, a tall hill with a vantage point that overlooks two distinct features, the first view is to Mazatlan City, which represents the people that would have been affected by COVID-19 contagion; and the second towards the ocean, which represents the immensity of the problem worldwide.
The memorial uses light as the key concept, to convey to spectators a feeling of connection with life and with themselves, giving the opportunity to use it as a way to appreciate the memory of the loved ones that were lost, as they are gone, but they shouldn´t be forgotten.
The theme of light is also related to the lighthouse that is situated on the top of the hill. Through it, spectators can invoke feelings such as strength, stability, connection, safety and lighting, possibly needed by the affected people. As well the lighthouse light represents what we could expect of the future and what could do about it.
It is composed by three structures, the main one that is at the top, and two more you can find along the hill´s way. Each of them have a beginning and end, which symbolizes what we are experiencing now, the chaos of the beginning and the hopes we now have as the end, because there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
The movement of the curves , the shadows that are formed in the body of the memorial represents a host of emotions, that came within the frustration caused by the confinement, the fear of contracting the disease, the loss of loved ones and the worry of being affected by the situation that everything was expected to return to normal in a short time but has been taking longer time than we ever imagined.
The memorial effect intends to show that the pain of the present is not in vain and will live on in collective memory of the generations to come as the message is passed on. The intention is that through the design, a sensation of reflection to value happiness, freedom, harmony, inner peace and people around us can be felt by spectators.
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