Jody Victor: OSU Professor chosen as finalist in Flight 93 project

Jody Victor: Ohio State professor chosen as finalist in Flight 93 National Memorial Project Competition

As I was doing research on OSU today I came across this very interesting article on an OSU professor.  As many,  I vividly remember Septermber 11th and think is wonderful that congress has authorized a creation of a national memorial at the Pennsylvania crash site.  I wish the best of luck to Laurel McSherry!

OhioState’s Knowlton School of Architecture Professor Laurel McSherry was chosen as one of five finalists, from a field of 1,011 entries, in the Flight 93 National Memorial Project Competition. In 2002, Congress authorized the creation of a national memorial to honor the actions of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 which was hijacked and crashed on September 11, 2001 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all on board.

McSherry will receive a $25,000 honorarium and an invitation to participate in Stage II of the competition. The honorarium is to be used to further develop the design, which will be submitted on June 15. A second jury will announce a winning design by September 11, 2005, the fourth anniversary of the attacks. Two weeks later, the design will be submitted to Congress and the Interior Department, which will oversee the development.

McSherry, head of the landscape architecture section at OhioState, was assisted by Terry Surjan of the Arizona State University School of Architecture to design, “Fields, Forests, Fences.” The design uses fences as barriers, markers and memorial. The sacred ground of the crash site would feature a birch grove with 40 stone markers that include the names, hometowns and birth dates of the passengers and crew of Flight 93. Fencing would also be used as a place for the public to pay tribute to Flight 93's victims.

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Best Wishes Laurel!

Jody Victor