I was struck by the Georges Braque quote on the submission page-
“Art is a wound turned into light.”
My concept builds upon that quote by utilizing light in an inspirational and dramatic way. Its location near the Las Vegas strip ensures that it will not be a disconnect with its environs, but it will also strike the right balance of reverence and dignity.
The memorial would consist of high intensity spotlights in a spiral pattern with beams of white light that extend high into the sky. The lights would be spaced so that visitors could walk among and between the lights. Each of 58 lights – one for each deceased victim – would be recessed into the center of a marble flange. Engraved in each flange would be the victim’s name and hometown.
Visitors would interact with the memorial environment by searching for the respective light of friends, family, co-workers, etc. The spiral would “end” at a memorial structure that could contain information about the event and/or a master list of victims. There could be multiple entryways to the memorial to eliminate bottlenecks and make it easier for repeat visitors to reach a specific light.
While the lights of the memorial are meant to be white, perhaps there would be an opportunity to change the color for special occasions, anniversaries or to participate in charitable lightings.
I have included a sketch to illustrate this concept.