Stillness: Minnesota Vietnam Veteran Memorial
The memorial is composed of two hemispheres bisected by an inscribed and highly polished stainless steel wall trough with steps of water flow, which turns icy in the winter. The bosque of white-trunk birch trees offers a vital living spirit for the lost veterans. While the highly polished stainless steel wall de-materializes, it mirrors the dense bosk of white birch, heightens awareness of the cyclical nature of time and memory, and animates the otherwise still and silent place. Family, friends, and loved ones are free to appropriate a particular tree in remembrance of their lost veterans.
The design challenges the codification of form and space, neither symbolic nor prescriptive meanings of representation are proposed. Instead, the design proposes an environment where intense emotional experiences can be awakened. It relies on ones' memory to reconstruct these experiences individually.
St. Paul, Minnesota
Raveevarn Choksombatchai in collaboration with Ralph Nelson
Third Prize in the National Competition
Group Exhibit of Competition Winners, State Capitol Building, St. Paul, MN
Portfolio: Three Memorials, Frameworks, UC Berkeley Environmental Design 08 Publication, issue 2, 2005