Woman Suffrage Memorial

St. Paul, MN

A presence of change lay at the core of the Woman Suffrage movement; the memorial reveals processes of change through physical transformations as marking of time. Challenging the neo-classical “timeless” character of the capitol mall and traditional paradigm of memorial, the design registers three specific marks of time related to specific events and phenomena; political time, biological time, geological time by means of physical interventions: a stainless steel woven trellis climbing up slope- marking the time line on which each vertical post marks a year in the suffrage movement and each horizontal steel bar marks the life-line of each individual suffragist-, plantings of native prairie and woodland wildflowers, and the earthwork.

Design Team:
Loom studio (Ralph Nelson, Raveevarn Choksombatchai, and Martha McQuade)

Honors and Exhibitions:
Woman Suffrage Memorial, a group exhibit of the competition winners, State Capitol building, St. Paul, MN—1996

First Prize, Woman Suffrage Memorial Competition—1996

Visionary Design Progressive Architecture Award, Woman Suffrage Memorial, St. Paul—1998

Suffrage Memorial Design Team to Be Chosen, Woman Suffrage Memorial, St Paul Pioneer Press—01/08/1996
Winning Garden Design Memorializes Suffrage, Woman Suffrage Memorial, St Paul Pioneer Press—24/08/1996
Plan for Woman Suffrage Garden Rooted in groundbreaking history, Woman Suffrage Memorial Competition, Minneapolis Star Tribune—25/08/1996
Garden to Honor Women’s Suffrage: Loom to Weave Story of Women’s Right to Vote, Woman Suffrage Memorial, Finance and Commerce—27/09/1996
Award: Woman Suffrage Memorial, Architecture, P/A Award Issue 04—01/04/1998