After announcing five finalists in August of 2015, the World War I Centennial Commission has announced the winner of its National World War I Memorial competition: The Weight of Sacrifice by 25-year-old architect Joe Weishaar and sculptor Sabin Howard. The design focuses on the sacrificial cost of war through relief sculpture, quotations of soldiers, and a freestanding sculpture. Visitors are guided through the memorial’s changing elevations by quotation walls that describe the war from the point of view of generals, politicians, and soldiers. An upper plaza features the freestanding sculpture, “Wheels of Humanity,” which “recreates the engine of war.” Overall, the design would transform Pershing Park into a memorial site with an integrated park aspect both around the perimeter and atop an elevated section of the site.
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