Moving COVID-19 Memorial in Uruguay Pays Tribute to Victims of the Pandemic

COVID-19 Memorial in Uruguary

Award-winning architecture and urban planning firm Gómez Platero has designed a moving tribute to the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Memorial to the Pandemic takes the shape of a circular disk set on the waterfront, making it a space for reflection and mourning. The Uruguay-based firm created the memorial to reflect a deep love for humanity.

“Architecture is a powerful tool to transform the world,” shares the firm's director and lead architect Martín Gómez Platero. “It is, above all, a collective and historical reality, made of small fragments which survive over time and become (part of) culture. It is a way to show who we are on this planet. Monuments, too, mark our shared cultural and emotional milestones. By creating a memorial capable of activating senses and memories in this way, we can remind our visitors—as the pandemic has—that we as human beings are subordinate to nature and not the other way around.”

The evocative memorial will be accessed from a long pedestrian walkway that serves to pull visitors out of their urban environment and into a different headspace. From there, they will step onto the circular platform that has a central cutout allowing the ocean waves to take center stage. With its minimalist design and expansive views, the impactful site will give visitors a sense of place while also allowing them to have their emotions shape their experience.

The disk will be 131 feet in diameter, with the center cutout measuring nearly 33 feet in diameter. Made from Corten steel, a highly durable material that can stand up to the elements, it'll have a concrete finish on the interior. The World Memorial to the Pandemic will follow current social distancing practices and hold up to 300 visitors at a time.

Gómez Platero is currently in talks with the Uruguayan government about site selection. They estimate that the coronavirus memorial, which will be prefabricated and assembled on-site, will take six months to complete.

The World Memorial to the Pandemic is a proposed monument to the victims of COVID-19.

World Memorial to the Pandemic by Gomez PlateroWorld Memorial to the Pandemic by Gomez Platero

Visitors will travel along a pedestrian walkway before making their way onto the circular platform.

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It will be located along the waterfront in Uruguay and be a space for reflection and mourning.

Coronavirus Memorial by Gomez PlateroCOVID-19 Memorial in Uruguay

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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