Peace Corp Monument Competition - Washington DC
Creating a place of Interpretation, Contemplation, and Inspiration
The Peace Corps service requires some the finest attributes of what it means to be an American: Self-confidence and humility, fearlessness and compassion, commitment and flexibility, Individual strength and reliance on others. To translate this into a piece of Public Art we can simply defined these characteristic as boldness and modesty.
Public Art, in general embodies both boldness and modesty by creating a relationship between the audience, the landscape, and the piece of work itself. To bring together these three major items we are creating a poetic composition of spaces between the structure, landscape, and audience that we believe captures the spirit of the Peace Corp.
The (3) major goals for this project are:
- The intertwining of architecture, engineering, and landscape. To create an urban node that displaces; creativity, strength, and self-reliance, as well as elegancy, grace, and simplicity.
- Overlapping perspectives and unfolding of spatial experience. As visitor moves around the site and/or stands still - they will experience a changing perspective between the structure and site, or simple a change of light. Having the sun move around the structure creating different shades and shadows.
- Change of scale. The Structure at different points in space can be experience at different scales. At any point a visitor can sit on the structure, but at another point in space the structure can be over the visitors head.
Thomas Politi & Rachel Kirby