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COVID-19 disrupted the world in an overwhelming way in 2020. There are already more than 40 million confirmed cases of the disease and 1.1 million people worldwide who have lost the fight against the virus.
Only in Brazil, more than 157 thousand lives were lost, ongoing stories that were abruptly interrupted.
As a tribute to those who left friends and family behind, we developed a memorial to the victims that can be installed in different contexts, but was first imagined in the city of Rio de Janeiro, more precisely in Praça da Bandeira (“flag Square”). A small and easy-to-build facility that could bring comfort to those in mourning. After months of receiving news about incessant cases, the fact that the number of deaths increases every hour, no longer allows the measurable perception of the amount of people who have passed. Gradually, numbers of victims become only numbers and life stories begin to fade.
With that in mind, the project's conceiving duo valued bringing identity back to the statistics, showing who the victims of the covid-19 were and what they represented to their loved ones.
Thus, the memorial presents itself as a ring of identities, showing photographs of the deceased, sent by family members, which will be projected throughout the interior perimeter of the module.
Next to the faces, it is possible to add words that describe the honorees, everything developed under a “starry sky”, where each point of light symbolizes a life taken by COVID.
In this way, the intervention aims to provide the city a point of remembrance, respect and belonging.
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