Bringing the majesty of National Parks to the nation’s capitol.
Project: Finalist and Honorable Mention, Memorials for the Future Competition
Team: Shelby Doyle, Justine Holzman, Forbes Lipschitz, Halina Steiner
During the National Park Service Centennial, the Van Alen Institute, the National Park Service, and the National Capital Planning Commission collaborated on an ideas competition to reimagine how we think about, feel, and experience memorials. Finalists for the competition were exhibited at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and findings summarized in a report – Not Set in Stone.:
The National Parks are a living memorial to a uniquely American idea of wilderness. In celebration of the National Parks Centennial, American Wildcaptures the majesty of the nation’s landscape and brings it to its capital. Located in the L’Enfant Plaza Station, American Wild generates civic pride by connecting the distinctive architecture of the Washington DC Metro to the National Parks. Using ultra-high-definition video, recordings of each 59 National Parks are projection-mapped at full scale. The memorial lasts for 59 days – one day for each park. This timeline of the National Park Service’s 100-year history advocates for their next 100 years. In so doing, the memorial for the future is no longer a steward of the past but a steward of the future.