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A Stunning Coronavirus Memorial Is Planned in Uruguay

 While the pandemic is still going on, the award-winning architecture and urban planning firm Gómez Platero, based in Uruguay, decided to pay tribute to the victims of Covid-19. 'The Memorial to the Pandemic' is designed as a space for reflection and mourning. The creators of the project hoped it would express their deep love and compassion towards humanity.
 
Stunning Corovavuris Memorial Planned in Uruguay
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Visitors will be able to access the memorial through a long pedestrian walkaway, which is meant to pull them from their urban environment and into a different headspace, both figuratively and literally. From there, they will step onto the circular platform, which has a central cutout, revealing the blue ocean and waves. This minimalist design, which puts the expansive view at center stage, will allow the visitors to reflect on their emotions and experiences.
Stunning Corovavuris Memorial Planned in Uruguay aerial view
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Stunning Corovavuris Memorial Planned in Uruguay stormy sea
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“Architecture is a powerful tool to transform the world,” shares the firm's director and lead architect Martín Gómez Platero. “It is, above all, a collective and historical reality, made of small fragments which survive over time and become (part of) culture. It is a way to show who we are on this planet. Monuments, too, mark our shared cultural and emotional milestones. By creating a memorial capable of activating senses and memories in this way, we can remind our visitors —as the pandemic has — that we as human beings are subordinate to nature and not the other way around.”
Stunning Corovavuris Memorial Planned in Uruguay pedestrian walkway
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The disk will be 131 feet in diameter, with the center cutout measuring nearly 33 feet in diameter. Made from Corten steel, a highly durable material that can stand up to the elements, it'll have a concrete finish on the interior. The Memorial will be able to hold up to 300 visitors at a time, following all the current social distancing regulations, of course.

Gomez Platero is discussing the exact location with the Uruguayan government at the moment. Once the on-site assembling of the construction begins, the firm estimates it will take about six months to complete. It sure looks like it will be a beautiful and fascinating spot to visit, commemorating one of the most tumultuous time periods in recent history.

Stunning Corovavuris Memorial Planned in Uruguay
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To learn more about the project visit Gómez Platero's website, Facebook, to Instagram page.
Stunning Corovavuris Memorial Planned in Uruguay aerial view
Image Source: Gómez Platero
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