Location: St. Paul, MN
Client: University of St. Thomas
The design the University of St. Thomas Student Memorial seeks to evoke a combination of strength and vulnerability, spirituality and earthliness, loss and renewal. The memorial provides a place on campus where people can reflect on the loss of beloved St. Thomas students.
Four stone panels intersect to form a cruciform. Expressing solidity and strength, the stone is intended to symbolize the earth and the corporeal body. In contradistinction, glass discs inset into the stone panels evoke an ephemeral lightness with their translucency Their circular form symbolizes both the heart and the eternal soul. Both loss and renewal are made visible with this void that captures light. The glass discs, however, will capture light differently depending on the time of day and angle of the sun.