Torch memorial

Verticality and Ascent is the concept for this memorial by the Mediterranean Sea to commemorate the victims of the Cotsa Concordia shipwreck.

To commemorate the 33 victims of the Concordia shipwreck in January of 2013, off Giglio Island, near Tuscany, we proposed the design of a ruptured tower, reimagining the form of a light house. Visitors weave through darkness and light as the ascend a spiral staircase, toward the observation deck and sky. This project also points to the idea of our shared humanity, and the porosity of boundaries between land and sea. We collaborated with illustrator, Nicolas Castagnola, below, to create an animation and enliven our structure.

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