Expressing recognition and thanksgiving, materializing human values, enhancing one’s sacrifices towards others. These emotions can’t be transcribed with matter, they are beyond what men can control and hold in their hands.
However, it remains possible to suggest them, to celebrate them, to awaken the visitors’ subconscious and to lead them to a collective consciousness, to a collective memory dedicated to the people that sacrifice themselves for others.
This reflexion justifies our intention to develop an introverted experience, detached from the artificial aspect of the site, to stay focused on the memorial’s fonction and its relation toward the visitors, namely remembering those who gave their lives.
One war, one history, one search for peace, one memory, the nobility and the fragility of these concepts has led us to generate a pure form, a single gesture, a curved line, natural and fragile, translating the values that it is transporting.
The curvy shape is an omnipresent theme in the Park. It is furthermore allowing the monument to soflty integrate into the site. It is rooted in the slope and highlighting the transition between the two morphologies of the site, as if it had always been there. It folds, unfolds, thus suggesting this notion of infinity, like a timeless devotion to the human battle for peace.
The spiral path leads through the various themes of the exhibition, intimately progressing down to reach the meditative heart of the project, enabling you to get simultaneously closer to earth and sky.
TRI AN MONUMENT
Monument for the Vietnamese War Team : Benjamin Nicaud, Nicolas Pabion, Axel Burkhard Louisville, US, 2016