Charleston Church Monument
Michael Arad was chosen to design a monument honoring the victims of the 2015 shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
“The architect who designed the 9/11 Memorial in New York City has been tapped to create a monument honoring the victims of the 2015 massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Church officials announced Saturday that Michael Arad, an Israeli-American and partner at the Manhattan-based Handel Architects firm, had been selected to design the project.
‘I feel very privileged to be here,’ Arad said during the announcement. ‘But I also feel the weight of this responsibility and pray that I will find the means to convey the beauty that I’ve seen here in Charleston.’
Arad, chosen out of more than 5,000 applicants in 2004 to design the 9/11 Memorial in New York, said he planned to meet with survivors of the shooting, as well as victims’ families and congregation members, to help inform his design.” – Hayley Miller, Huffington Post