Design guidelines have been released by the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission. Submissions can be sent to the town starting today. A registration form and bio must be included. Beginning October 13th, those registered designers can send in design files.
Some site walks have been set up, but interested designers must confirm their attendance with the Commission. The dates are next Saturday and Sunday, October 4th, 7th, 8th, and 10th. The design submission process will close October 30th.
The Commission will select 3 to 6 designs by the end of November. Presentations by those on the shortlist will be held in February. Recommendations will then be made to the Board of Selectmen. The Commission hopes for a June groundbreaking and December ribbon cutting.
The Commission says the memorial should instill visitors with uplifting feelings of peace, love, and hope.
They also provided some guidelines on elements that should be avoided. They include religious or political connotations, play equipment, extensive use of metal and literal depictions of the victims.