Situated in Franklin Square Park, one of the four primary urban squares of William Penn’s plan for Philadelphia, the site is reconfigured to create a processional sequence toward a fixed white marble cube. The goal is to capture and speak to the culture and tradition of our great first responders, honoring the fallen with a site-specific memorial. The cube is wrapped in a black stone band, emulating the band placed over a badge in respect to a fallen hero. The surrounding landscape, retained by a cor-ten steel wall, slopes toward the monument, creating an intimate environment for visitors.
“Celebrating heroism with an expression of tradition and community.”
With the goal of reflecting a part of the first responder culture that would be specific and identifiable by that community, the design is rich in symbolism, allowing for interpretation by each visitor, while avoiding direct representation.