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by Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier/ A+J Art+Design
Proposal for Park Sculpture
stainless steel

The concept is a 'Lighthouse,' a structure that points the way “Home,” similar to the Statue of Liberty's Torch and its call to ”Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

“Home” here refers to the experiences of the soldier's return and the immigrant's and refugee’s experience of the loss of home and the hope for the creation of a new, safe and peaceful home.

“Home” is also defined as a community gathering place for the celebration of diversity. Erecting this artwork corresponds to the building of a safe and all-embracing community.

Through lighting, scale and positioning, the 'Lighthouse' will create an iconic focal point and gathering place for the community where all are welcome and where the past and future meet in a symbol of the community’s aspirations for unity despite linguistic, generational and cultural barriers.

The 'Lighthouse' would take the form of a traditional Vietnamese community gathering place dedicated to the celebration of both the prosaic and the spiritual and a sacred space for healing and the remembrance of those who were lost. Inspiration could be taken from a temple in Hanoi, the humble but grand Highland peoples' community home - a “Rong House” - or another traditional meeting house. Raised on stilts, the house affords a viewing experience from below as well as increased visibility from afar. Its traditional profile contrasts with contemporary materials and methods used in construction, e.g. digital fabrication, stainless steel and LED lighting.

From underneath, viewers experience a brightly colored space which, as in a traditional community house, contains colorful decorations. A collage of images tells the migration and home-making stories of the many cultures who share the neighborhood. The particular designs would be arrived at by a process of community engagement. The outside of the house is textured and perforated with a geometric pattern that changes across the surface.