Proposal Title: "Ray of Hope", a Satellite as a moving Monument , 03/19/2008, Other
Proposal Synopsis: "Ray of Hope" is to launch onto an orbital path in space. The satellite has a reason as well as a function. It beams a single but effective ray of light well visible into the skies of the countries below its path. Sighting of the light triggers viewers to remember the suffering and loss of innocent lives in this war. Beyond that, hope has to rise from the ashes for a better world without violence and hate.
This monument has no specific site and can be seen by people from every corner of the world: It travels to people on a predetermined path. The practical function of the satellite monument will be its capacity to provide for communication support to countries such as Iraq and others in urgent need of upgrading their communication infrastructure.
Memorial events all over the world can be scheduled according to the orbital path of "Ray of Hope". It could trace the sky over Baghdad at every loop around the earth, thus symbolically picking up the sentiment at the core of this senseless war.
Artist's Biography: Stephan Mundwiler is an architect born 1962 in Switzerland. He graduated at SCI-arc in 1995 and lives and works in Santa Monica, California. Together with his partner Cara Lee, he is principal of Lee + Mundwiler architects with projects in the US, Switzerland and China.