Photo: SF Veterans Memorial
In June, the San Francisco Arts Commission selected three design proposals as finalists for a San Francisco Veterans Memorial, to be located across the street from City Hall. Last week, the War Memorial Board of Trustees picked a winner.

Here’s the description from the “Passage of Remembrance” design proposal:

You enter the memorial on a suspended woven metal path that wraps the octagon. At the first of two pools that circumscribe the octagon, the path begins its gentle slope downward into the earth, a departure from the workaday bustle of the Civic Center. This is a place for silence.

The slope establishes the form of the memorial, sheltered from the surrounding urban activities but open, fully visible from the pedestrian concourse. Soon, a passage cut through the octagon is revealed, a departure from the civilian world. Here the consecrated earth is held.

Photo: SF Veterans Memorial

I have to admit, I’m a titch disappointed that the proposal called “Wreath of Remembrance” didn’t come out on top, as I felt it was vaguely suggestive of Star Fleet Academy. Which, as everyone knows, will be located in San Francisco come the 24th century.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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