TUCSON'S JANUARY 8TH MEMORIAL, ARIZONA
       
     
 a walk through the native landscape of the Courthouse Gardens
       
     
 a walk through the six Memorial Gardens that surround the January 8th Memorial
       
     
 view of the Memorial Gardens and Memorial Living Wall
       
     
 view from the Courthouse Gate through the Memorial Reflecting Pool
       
     
 view of the reflecting pool and basin steps
       
     
 view along the inner Memorial Wall carved with symbols
       
     
 at the apex where small groups may gather and sit on the basin steps
       
     
 embossed momentos of the carved symbols
       
     
 the Memorial symbols on the weeping wall backlit at night
       
     
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TUCSON'S JANUARY 8TH MEMORIAL, ARIZONA
       
     
TUCSON'S JANUARY 8TH MEMORIAL, ARIZONA

Honoring the victims and survivors of the 2011 shooting at then Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress on your Corner”  

The Memorial is an embrace. In a single gesture, its landforms become healing arms protecting the inner memorial, where the story of January 8 is told. Carved into the landscape of El Presidio Park, the Memorial is a place of contemplation and reflection where visitors can honor the victims and survivors of this tragic event, who were there to engage in democracy, and the first responders who stopped the violence and saved lives. Symbols telling this story are cut and etched into this collective wall of memories, forming constellations that speak of the people who died, survived and responded on that day, and recall Tucson’s history of resilience. In the surrounding gardens, the earthforms of the Living Wall protect the Memorial. It evolves over time and changes with the seasons, yet it is timeless and spans generations, an organic landscape of stone and plants woven in a pattern that evokes ancient basket weaving. People plant seeds in its crevices, where life takes root, a celebration of Tucson’s togetherness in the face of tragedy, and a manifestation of the healing of its community.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

TYPE: memorial and surrounding gardens commemorating the victims, survivors, and first responders of the January 8, 2011 shooting

SIZE: 1 acre

STATUS: in Construction Documents phase

AWARDS: International competition awarded in 2015

National Memorial and National Park Service Affiliation Bill introduced in Congress

 

 a walk through the native landscape of the Courthouse Gardens
       
     

a walk through the native landscape of the Courthouse Gardens

 a walk through the six Memorial Gardens that surround the January 8th Memorial
       
     

a walk through the six Memorial Gardens that surround the January 8th Memorial

 view of the Memorial Gardens and Memorial Living Wall
       
     

view of the Memorial Gardens and Memorial Living Wall

 view from the Courthouse Gate through the Memorial Reflecting Pool
       
     

view from the Courthouse Gate through the Memorial Reflecting Pool

 view of the reflecting pool and basin steps
       
     

view of the reflecting pool and basin steps

 view along the inner Memorial Wall carved with symbols
       
     

view along the inner Memorial Wall carved with symbols

 at the apex where small groups may gather and sit on the basin steps
       
     

at the apex where small groups may gather and sit on the basin steps

 embossed momentos of the carved symbols
       
     

embossed momentos of the carved symbols

 the Memorial symbols on the weeping wall backlit at night
       
     

the Memorial symbols on the weeping wall backlit at night

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