Atlantic City Holocaust Memorial

Competition Proposal

Amidst the bustle of the historic Atlantic City boardwalk, the Memorial appears to rise out of the sand dunes growing over and through the antique timber decking. A grid of metal spires rooted in the ground beneath rises high above, radiating a monumental stillness through their sheer density and regularity while registering the elements as they sway gently in the breeze. Multiple passages lead deep into the dense grove, winding along until finally reaching a clearing, a quiet void facing the vast expanse of sea. To make space for the towering spires, the flooring is cut away revealing the timber beams and concrete piers below, as if an archaeological ruin of an ancient infrastructure. Exposing this materiality aims to bring a sense of historical immanence to the boardwalk, recalling the terrifying, as well as peaceful, memories of similarly vivid spaces experienced in our individual histories.