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PEACE MEMORIAL FOR COVID-19 VICTIMS
By 2020, the coronavirus pandemic spread rapidly around the world, shaking and forever altering our way of life. But as in all the plagues, their victims became only numbers and few people had a chance to say goodbye to their loved ones. Located in Ibirapuera Park, in the city of São Paulo, our original purpose is to be an environment of tribute to the victims lost by the pandemic and in the future also become a leisure environment.
The memorial consists of hexagonal shaped volumetry, each covered by a corten steel plate, this combined with a central opening and hollow shapes that include the names of pandemic victims. The sun when focusing on the shapes will project the names of the victims on the inner floor of the volumetry. Its purpose is that every person who passes by can remember a lost victim or some loved one who is gone. The memorial is also accompanied by benches inside so that people can sit and reflect on the pandemic and their families who have suffered because of it.
The central volumetry has a steel tree with points of light, where each symbolizes a lost life. Places would be arranged for people to hang their messages to lost ones. For the execution of the messages, we had several smaller secondary memorials, combined with a large support table, allowing family and friends to write their messages on the site in a more private way.
The external walls of the memorial have several panels composed of abstract arts of faces of the victims, these can rotate and dispose of in various ways. This becomes another way for victims to gain identity and continue living forever in our memory.
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