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.
TYPE: memorial and surrounding gardens commemorating the victims, survivors, and first responders of the January 8, 2011 shooting
SIZE: 1 acre
STATUS: Construction Documents
AWARDS: International competition awarded in 2015
National Memorial and National Park Service Affiliation Bill introduced in Congress