Last summer, 350 teams submitted designs for Washington D.C.'s first World War I memorial. In the end, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission selected a design by Joseph Weishaar, a 25-year-old architect who graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2013 and isn't even fully licensed yet. Weishaar teamed up with renowned NYC sculptor Sabin Howard to create a parkline design called "The Weight of Sacrifice." The memorial will be located near the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The New York Times reports:
"Echoing elements of other memorials already on the Mall, Mr. Weishaar’s plans call for the creation of a raised central lawn propped up on three sides by walls bearing bas-relief images of American soldiers interspersed with quotations from war leaders, politicians and soldiers. At the center of the lawn — which Mr. Weishaar intends to be symbolically held up by the sacrifice illustrated on the walls — a sculpture will be the focal point. Mr. Weishaar worked with Sabin Howard, a New York sculptor, to develop the artwork included in his proposal."
A sculpture of Gen. John J. Pershing will stand at the epicenter of the memorial. The only American to be promoted in his own lifetime to General of the Armies, the highest possible rank in the army, Pershing led US troops to victory in World War I. In a recent interview, Sandra Pershing, the widow of the general's grandson, spoke highly of General Pershing's respect for all who served in WWI:
John Pershing was a "soldier's general" who believed the top brass got too much attention. "He valued the service of all: African-Americans, women, countless immigrants who wore our country's uniform, the volunteer ambulance drivers, the support staffs, the nurses," Sandra Pershing said.
The plan is to finish the memorial for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in November 2018. Head over to the New York Times to read more.
Feature image via Joseph Weishaar and Sabin Howard