Sandy Hook Memorial Design, Connecticut Landscape Images, US Public Realm Proposal
Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Design, Connecticut
Newtown Commemoration Proposal, CO design by SWA Landscape Architects, USA
June 15, 2021
Approval for Sandy Hook Memorial Design, Connecticut, USA
Aug 29, 2018
Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Design in Connecticut
Design: Ben Waldo and Daniel Affleck, SWA Group in San Francisco & Justin Winters, SWA/BALSLEY in New York
Location: Newtown, Connecticut, USA
Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Design, Connecticut, USA
The Clearing, as the plan is called, was selected after an almost year-long design competition.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, United States, when a 20-year-old fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members.
Prior to driving to the school, he shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. He then committed suicide after the shooting.
On December 16, 2012, two days later, President Barack Obama attended an interfaith vigil, and gave words of comfort to the bereaved An excerpt of his message that day will be inscribed on a stone wall in the entrance pavilion to a permanent memorial designed by the landscape architects SWA Group.
Conceived as a series of concentric circles, SWA’s design will draw visitors into the five-acre site near the new school, guiding them from a small parking lot (accessible via a gated entrance drive) to an open-air pavilion where they can prepare to meander through the memorial.
The path has no true beginning or end, to acknowledge that the healing process according to the designers.
The incident was the deadliest mass shooting at either a high school or grade school in U.S. history and the fourth-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history.
The shooting prompted renewed debate about gun control in the United States, including proposals for making the background-check system universal, and for new federal and state gun legislation banning the sale and manufacture of certain types of semi-automatic firearms and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition.
Intersecting walking paths, including footbridges over two existing ponds, will lead to a central clearing, where an American sycamore tree will be planted on an island in a 22-foot reflecting pool.
Twenty-six panels of granite encircle the water feature, each bearing the name of a victim.
The 10-member commission received nearly 200 submissions. They will recommend the design for official approval on September 4.
The aim is to commecne works by Spring 2019, then dedicate the memorial on the seventh anniversary of the tragedy on December 14, 2019.
Sandy Hook Elementary School
Address: 375 Fan Hill Rd, Monroe, CT 06468, USA
Phone: (203) 426-7657
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