Since it was constructed, the Washington Monument has stood amid a variety of urban, natural and historical backdrops. I propose a broad circular pathway that will create new relationships between visitors and the monument, the city and nature as the visitors move around it. The pathway intersects with existing paths around the monument, and it links to the monument itself through an underground passage. Walls, slopes and steps rise and fall along the path, causing visitors to experience the presence of the monument in different ways at different points, in the same way that the monument — the tallest structure in the District — is a constant but changing companion to those who live and work in the city.
Links to the other finalists:
— “Arcs of Shade” by Stephen Lederach.
— “Field of Stars” by Catherine Peek.
— “The People’s Forum” by Karolina Kawiaka.
— “Monument of Unity” by Jacques Prins, Kevin Battarbee and Egidijus Kasakaitis.
— “An Inclined Plane” by Julian Hunt, Lucrecia Laudi, Monling Lee and Miguel Angel Maldonado.