Set on the Nevada State Capitol Grounds in Carson City, NV; “The Battleborn Memorial is a sanctuary where our heroes’ stories can be shared and remembered. Etched for eternity, the monument bears the name of every fallen warrior from our state as an everlasting memorial to their service and ultimate sacrifice. Nevada will never forget the sacrifice of our service men and women and their families."
The design for BATTLE BORN: Memorial to Nevada’s Fallen Warriors explored key conceptual ideas that became the minimal 56’- 0”L x 13’- 6”w x 10’- 0”h metal structure with a granite “waterless” reflecting pond. The Memorial changes each day as the patina of time evolves the materiality of the space; creating a space for reflection, inspiration, and to “honor the extraordinary dedication, commitment, and sacrifice Nevadans who have borne the battle through service in the armed forces.”
The architectural form of the Memorial is inspired by the geometry of the surrounding buildings with a contemporary approach. It’s at one time, heavy and strong at the core with a foundation that is built to last, yet the space has a sense of lightness from above, that is also mighty as it is beautiful, just like the Nevadan Fallen Warriors it represents. The five and six pointed stars were used as conceptual inspiration for the Fallen Warrior nameplates. The five-pointed star (regular concave decagon) is used on the traditional American flag as well as being a U.S.A.. military symbol. The six-pointed star (hexagram) uses “interlacing triangles symbolize opposites” such as darkness and light among many philosophical ideals such as “man’s position between earth and sky.” We also used the symbol as a basis for each point representing one of the six wars that the Fallen Warriors passed away in. We then deconstructed the five and six point stars with a series of folds and bends to create the brass nameplates. Each nameplate has one to two Fallen Warriors on it and are arranged per American War.