Genocide Monument: "Tell the Story, Change the World"
The definition of Genocide is: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. This monument serves as a memorial for the six nations that have experienced Genocide as well as a pledge to educate others and take a stand to end genocide once and for all.
Three elements hold significance in this design: fire, water, and grass. The fire burning in perpetuity symbolizes the eternal souls of those who have perished. The flame can be seen throughout the day and will illuminate the memorial at night. Water cascades down the black granite wall which is inscribed with the message, “Tell the Story, Change the World” as well as a timeline of the six nations and the dates their genocides began, from left to right. Water flows over the words, unifying them, and representing how their stories can travel around the world. The hexagonal patch of grass draws the viewer to the center column and blades of grass convey a message of life, new growth, and hope. Their roots intertwine together, forming a community of strength and resolve.
Geo-location: 40°46'56.27"N 74°26'8.10"W