The winning design concept for the new police and firefighters memorial in Franklin Square Park was unveiled at Philadelphia's American Institute of Architects chapter.
A new 110 by 80 foot commemorative site will replace the current Living Flame memorial, which has been situated there since 1976. The site will placed on the Sixth Street side of the square, near the Franklin Square's main entrance, sitting opposite of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge approach.
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The Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund sought the help of the AIA Philadelphia Chapter in searching for the a design firm to take on the project. Its goal is to select a design concept that updates the memorial space into a one of "solitude, respect, honor and remembrance."
Selected from 21 design applicants, the Fund chose the ""Moto Designshop" to develop the new memorial. The firm's design submission envisioned a badge shaped space that will be built of marble, granite, and steel. Markers will be placed among the site listing the names of the fallen.
"What you would have is the badge itself, which is heavy white marble, illuminated behind the black patch of stone. So this is about a five-and-a-half, six-foot by six cube," said Eric Oskey of Moto Designshop.
Oskey continued to describe the centerpiece a symbolic badge with a black stone ribbon attached.
Two rows of evergreen trees are planned to line a part of the site, forming an L shape. The trees symbolize as "honor guard, at attention at all times throughout the year."
Funds for the project are currently being collected and the full amount have not yet been secured.