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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Announces Three Semi-Finalist Artists for Memorial Park

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced three artists who are semi-finalists in the competition to design the Metro Memorial Park project. The memorial’s vision is to honor the lives of the nine victims, first responders, and countless lives altered by the June 22, 2009 Metro train collision.

The semi-finalists were selected through a process conducted in partnership by the Office of the City Administrator and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. An Art Selection Panel, convened by the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and representing diverse interests and expertise, reviewed the qualifications of the artists. Applicants were evaluated and scored based on evaluation criteria in three main areas: artistic content, community engagement and impact, and capacity and sustainability. The Art Selection Panel reviewed proposals and work samples submitted by the artists or design teams and recommended three semi-finalists: McKissack & McKissack, the Hunt Laudi Studios, and Artist Judy Sutton Moore.

  • McKissack & McKissack specializes in architecture and interiors, program and construction management, planning & facilities management, environmental engineering, and transportation.
  • Hunt Laudi Studio is a design and architecture firm. Hunt Laudi Studio has partnered with Artist Barbara Liotta to develop the Memorial Park concept.
  • Judy Sutton Moore is a public artist with an extensive history of public and private commissions.

“The semi-finalist artists each bring the experience and vision to create a Memorial Park that honors the victims,” said Mayor Gray. “The concepts respectfully honor and celebrate the lives of the victims and those involved in the events of that day.”

“Each artist offers an inspiring design for the Memorial Park,” said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “With quiet dignity, the Park will not only serve as a contemplative space for reflection but also grow with the neighboring community as an amenity to be enjoyed by all.”

“The three semi-finalists have diverse and experienced backgrounds that will creatively engage audiences with public art to reflect on one of the most unfortunate days in the District’s recent history,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The selection of the finalist will take place at the end of August 2013. A presentation of the artist’s design will be made to the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts in September, for recommendations and approval from the esteemed national panel of arts experts. Once approval is obtained from each entity, The Department of General Services (DGS) will be equipped to begin collaboration with the artist to execute the construction of the Memorial Park. Unveiling of the new park is expected by June 22, 2014.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.

The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.