The tri an monument will be a memorial created from the collision of two cultures, brought together through conflict and resolution. It seeks to project the voices of all those affected by the Vietnam war, past, present and future generations, in an effort to capture the everlasting memory of the war and the collective resilience as a result of adversity.
Through a gradual introduction to the site, the monument will slowly embrace the visitor as it emerges from a bamboo grove, planted in a gesture to the native landscape of vietnam. The bamboo will be repurposed upon construction, cast into the concrete walls of the monument and burnt to reveal voids for visitor contributions –ont act of remembrance of the past and all those lost, loved ones and strangers alike, american and vietnamese.
Continuing through the monument, visitors will hear distant voices permeating the site. The present is embodied by stories contributed by survivors of the war, both on and off the battlefield, as well as by contemporary generations of descendants and visitors. Voices in english and vietnamese will act as the primary interpretive and spatially defining tool to create passing and overlapping moments of reflection, allowing a shared understanding of the experience of the war from all sides and a collective memory to surface.
The memorial creates a space to be enveloped in the voices of the past, present, and future. The stories are amplified as you pass by a sound marker.
A Linear Timeline
The linear experience of the monument concludes with an opportunity for visitors to reflect. By offering an intentional space, the spirit of the past and present can continue a dialogue of hope and gratitude for the future.
Those who served are represented by cast apertures in the concrete wall formed from bamboo that has been harvested from the grove and burnt leaving space for a rose or piece of remembrance.