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First Juror's Review

Juror: John David Spiak

Jurors Note:
A “call to artists” for a memorial that does not include physical limitations is extremely rare and should be seen as an opportunity to expand the definition of “memorial.”  In reviewing the proposals, the criteria used by this juror include the elements of creativity, ambition, unique approach and inspiration.  As access to such technology as internet and cell phones may not be available in many parts of the world, as well as the costs and ability of travel limited to the majority of the world’s citizens, creating an actual memorial that can be experience by all is impossible.  Understanding that in a traditional “call” for memorial proposals practicality is a key consideration, and with this a non-traditional “call,” the choice was made to disregard so-called “practical” elements in this jurors criteria for selection process. 

–John Spiak


1. Jack Toolin - My Space for Your Life
The multi-tier elements to this proposal are a key to its success. Crossing over the physical and virtual, the proposal allows the possibility of memorial to occur through varying approaches. It takes a contemporary model of individual memorial now relevant in society, the MySpace memorial page, and expands to build actual human connect through actual participation, not just reflection. The memorial also provides the flexibility of presentation, through web or through traditional on-location traveling display. With the use of a mainstream social networking site, it provides greater opportunity for memorial to those who search for it, as well as those who may stumble upon.

2. Ryan Crooks - s m h d m y : d m s
A memorial coming directly to an individual at times which mark important points of memory, but for which over the course of years often become lost or forgotten, is an intriguing approach. It is always heartfelt to receive memory when it is perhaps unexpected, having the opportunity to reflect on the moment and reconnect with from within with elements of ones past.

3. Matt Kenyon - Notepad
A stealth approach creating a memorial that not only memorialize the causalities of civilians, but connects those who may have authorized the ability for these causalities to occur, becoming official public record. Often with brick and mortar memorials those that may have authorized the occurrence can choose not to visit or ignore completely its existence, but as permanent record the memorial can be revealed during the lifetime of this generation to create a dialogue memorial in grander scale.

4. Stephan Mundwiler - Ray of Hope
The speculation of afterlife, the heavens, and hope make this proposal outstanding. While large scale rays of light have been used often in memorials, almost always point upwards to the sky, the simple gesture of a ray of light being projected down upon us from the heavens provides a different perspective. It allows the opportunity for intrigue, questioning, self-reflection and memorial, as well as heightening ones awareness of responsibility as a member of a greater universe.

5. Vincent Akuin, Michael Manalo - Guerilla Memoirs

The flexibility for location is extremely beneficial, allowing activation and memorial to occur in any community through access, purchase and registration of its elements online. With this given flexibility, it allows for great diversity in presentation; bring forward conversations, vision and memorial from unique perspectives.

 


6. Tony Allard - ...and counting...
Attracted by the direct human connection factor of this proposal. It provides the opportunity to engage with individuals who may or may not have been directly affected by Iraq civilian causalities. By participating one can reflect on these causalities through new awareness and new personal memory of the actual memorial/ performance experience.

7. KenAR AEC and Team - Celebrating Life

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This proposal is a unique and ambitious approach to the more traditional brick and mortar memorial. The vision is a fantastic blend of reflective memory and the inspiration to move forward. There is an appreciation of the proposals approach to the “concept of continuity of life”. A key to a brick and mortar memorial is its ability to be placed in any location globally and still carry impact; this proposal achieves that measure quite successfully.

 


8. Naja deOstos - The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad
Taking the traditional brick and mortar memorial off the ground, this proposal places a memorial in a greater visual arena within a community. When given the opportunity to propose a memorial in such a “call”, to see an individual take a forward approach beyond the tradition brick and mortar, yet still as a physical structure, is applauded.

9. Rob Duarte - Bean Counter
Sometimes simplicity is the key. This proposal is extremely effective in making the awareness of the value, or lack there of, placed upon human life. A memorial that is extremely portable in scale, travels easily, and can be placed in exhibition settings provides for effective reach and impact.

10. Alyssa Wright - Cherry Blossoms
Providing the possibility of role reversal or being in “others shoes,” this memorial proposal is a fascinating approach. The element of surprise and resulting reminisce could reach those who are not anticipating the opportunity for memorial, therefore having greater impact. My only critique to this proposal is that it does not stand-up to a key standard I would place on a brick and mortar memorial - its ability to be placed in any location globally and still carry the same impact. This project may have great impact if created in the U.S., but would this be viewed as a memorial if it took place in a nation such as Afghanistan, Iraq, or Israel?

 


 
       

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