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Mayor Gray Announces Artistic Team to Design Metro Memorial Park

Friday, April 11, 2014
Park to feature stone artwork and landscape design elements

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the Department of General Services (DGS) and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) today announced the team that will design the Metro Memorial Park project. The design and architecture firm, Hunt Laudi Studio has partnered with artist Barbara Liotta to develop the vision for the memorial park.

"The Metro Memorial Park will honor and celebrate the lives of those involved in the events of that day through reflective design and artwork," said Mayor Gray. "The park area is a public space for mourning and connecting to the human spirit on a day that will forever sadden District residents."

The design team's vision for the Memorial Park is a space for people to connect with nature's beauty and a place of artistic reflection to honor the nine victims, first responders and countless lives altered by the June 22, 2009, Metro train collision.  The design team was selected through a process conducted in partnership by the Office of the City Administrator and DCCAH. An Art Selection Panel convened by DCCAH, representing diverse interests and expertise, reviewed the qualifications of the artists and the finalists' designs.

"Through art, we pay tribute to those who lost their lives on one of the most unfortunate days in the District's recent history," said DCCAH Executive Director Lionell Thomas. "The design team has shown exceptional aptitude for creating a new memorial that incorporates the families' and citizens' voices."

The current design proposal includes sculptural artworks, a memorial stone wall, landscaping and hardscaping of the site as well as the installation of lighting and amenities. The project will be located at the entrance of the Blair Road Community Garden in Ward 4 at the intersection of North Dakota and New Hampshire Avenue NE.

As the selected group to design the memorial, the Hunt Laudi Studio / Barbara Liotta partnership team are also charged with listening to and incorporating the families' and communities' goals for the memorial.

"DGS is humbled and also honored to be a part of this project, and we are committed to bringing the vision of the Metro Memorial park to fruition," said Brian J. Hanlon, DGS Director.

Last week, DGS issued an RFP for a Design Assist Construction Services to work on the project. Project is slated for completion this fall.

For more information on the Metro Memorial Park, please visit www.dgs.dc.gov.