Our model shows the idea of standing columns set in 3 concentric rings. The offset nature of the rings, the randomized placement of the columns and the varied heights from 7 to 21 feet create an experience of dislocation. Every view and approach to the monument is different, speaking to the unique nature of every individual's struggle in life. There are 49 standing columns, one for each of the Orlando victims.
A bit of luck presented itself when we investigated the site and found that the Statue of Liberty, while distant, is visible from the site. So we arranged the narrative to take advantage of that. The youth figure, rising to meet their journey can't see Liberty because their back is to it. The Elder reaches across the chaos of the columns to their youthful self, urging them to stand and take the first step. From their raised perch, the Elder sees Liberty clearly, knowing that with struggle and courage, it can be attained.