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[Dis]jointed: A Memorial to the Ongoing Pandemic
The sudden effects of the coronavirus disturbed life as we know it and continues to have a devastating presence in communities across the globe. While the whole world was affected by the virus, the effects were felt and handled differently country to country, state by state. [Dis]jointed: A Memorial to the Ongoing Pandemic recognizes the different experiences of COVID-19 and joins us together through our varying struggles. [Dis]jointed represents and honors the lives lost during this tumultuous time in America, while recognizing and representing the effects felt around the world.
The pandemic has made it difficult to visit family, friends, and places and has instilled physical barriers in public spaces.The virus has disrupted work, school, traditions, events, our health and mental well being, and all other parts of life. While these feelings may be uncomfortable or frustrating, separation and disruption are a huge part of our COVID-19 experience, and all the parts--good or bad--should be remembered. Through the use of grids, towers, and earthen mounds, [Dis]jointed creates layers of separation and disruption at multiple scales.
At its largest scale, separation is found in the location of the memorial. [Dis]jointed is located on Roosevelt Island, separated from Manhattan and Brooklyn by the East River. People can see the towering project from afar, yet cannot immediately access it. Once on the island, visitors approach perpendicular to the project from the Northeast. As they near the project, they are confronted with a gridded structure. To enter the project, one must go to either end of the linear memorial. The visitor is forced to walk around the project, experiencing multiple views.
Extending the street context from Manhattan to Roosevelt island, 50 towers representing the rate of COVID-19 deaths emerge. The number of blocks represents the number of deaths per 10,000 people in each state. The towers become the most intimate scale of separation as they separate the visitors from one another. Moving towards the center of the project the towers become taller, and the separation becomes more intense.
[Dis]jointed emphasizes the disruption of COVID-19 at multiple scales as well. The grid, once a symbol of order, is now remnants in disarray. The towers pull out from the grid to represent those who had their lives taken away from them by the virus. At a much smaller scale, the surface of the towers are disrupted with a perforated gradient. As you look upward, they disappear into the sky. The ground plane is activated by the towers, causing mounds to infiltrate the memorial as the disease infiltrated and disrupted life. The path through the memorial is interrupted by the towers and earthen mounds.
[Dis]jointed memorializes both the lives lost to the coronavirus, as well as the impact on the normalcy of life.Through the layering of multiple scales of separation and disruption, the memorial creates varying experiences from afar and close, from outside and within, from end to end.
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