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No Name Memorial. 2007 : Pablo Gomez Uribe

NO NAME MEMORIAL

Almost 20,000 human remains, mostly not recognized, implied an important challenge, since the condition of this massive volume became the basic design premise: a mass without mourners, a mass that was decided to be treated as a work of urban art.

Designed in 2004 and constructed between 2005 and 2007, the project became a trigger to reconstruct and revitalize a forgotten, marginal metropolitan area with a lack of public spaces.
The digital inventory provided by the City Office of Medellin became the dominant design tool.
The Excel sheets that contained the information of the deceased were transferred directly to the terrain chosen. Eliminating the idea of projecting a building, we chose “cabinets” that would house the remains by years.

This resulted in a necropolis of data that were colored according to the tones employed in the modern – day funeral business; that is, the flowers, marbles, statues, etc., reversing the tradition of mourning to be replaced by a festive condition of death, in short: its celebration. The cabinets designed allowed the construction of the new Memorial in stages, under the elemental form of construction. Concrete blocks on a concrete spine are covered with foil lids painted with electrostatic paint, obeying the colors from the Excel sheets.

Project by:
Esteban Restrepo R.
Pablo Gomez Uribe.
Medellin. 2007.

Digital C Print.
70 x 50 cm. Digital C Print.
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