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Living Memorials Project Recognizes Pepperdine’s Heroes Garden
Pepperdine University's Heroes Garden is recognized in a one-of-a-kind exhibition of a Living Memorials Project titled, 'Land-markings: 12 Journeys Through 9/11 Living Memorials', which documents September 11, 2001, memorial sites in the United States. The exhibition, located within the Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City, is a multimedia production sponsored by Parsons The New School for Design, The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center, and the USDA Forest Service. The exhibition will open Friday, Oct. 6, and run through Friday, Oct. 27.
Living memorials are defined spaces created or used by people as they shape the landscape to memorialize individuals, places, or events. These memorials range from single trees to entire parks and even the restoration of existing forests. Hundreds of people across the country have used these memorials to create a vast network that continues to grow and change - a network of which Pepperdine is proud to be a part.
The Heroes Garden, a 14,880-square-foot outdoor sanctuary that sits on one of the highest bluffs on Pepperdine's Malibu campus, serves as a public space to pause, reflect, and honor those who sacrificed their lives on that fateful day, including Tom Burnett, alumnus of the Graziadio School of Business and Management. The garden features a fountain that spills into a trough leading to an infinity pool that faces the Pacific Ocean. It also includes boulders inscribed with poignant quotes, a sycamore grove, and indigenous materials to complement its natural environment.
The living memorials project exhibition is located in the five rooms surrounding the rotunda of the Federal Hall National Memorial. The circular setup takes the viewer on a journey across the country to the hundreds of living memorials that have been built during the past five years. Each room presents the memorials through creative and artistic collages, ultimately displaying the abundance of love and remembrance for those affected by September 11. By bringing together various mediums including documentary photo, video, and archival information, this exhibit provides a firsthand look at over 600 memorial sites that have emerged nationwide in remembrance of that tragic day.
The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays from Oct. 6 to 27. In addition, it may be viewed on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 7 to 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will have extended hours on Thursday, Oct.12, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit the Living Memorials Project Web site.