National Peace Corps Commemorative Work Competition Honorable Mention 2015
This commemorative work is based on the central framework of the Peace Corps: sending participants on journeys that bring people together and dissolve boundaries of geography and culture. A ribbon of laminated structural glass unfolds along a single undulating line, creating an inner world of reflection and contemplation. A myriad of portals encourage a tapestry of overlapping paths through the site, allowing visitors to discover shared spaces of exchange along and across this ethereal veil. The glass descends in height toward the middle of the site to create a bowl defined by the tracery of the wall's edge—a singular, unifying form cradled above, just beyond the fingertips of inhabitants. The shared paths of people through time create a contemporary mappa mundi, a new cartography whose Latin origins refer at once to a cloth or tapestry (mappa) and to the image of the globe (mundi).