The first designs have been reviewed by the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission. Evaluation of the 188 submissions will continue this week. Of the first 30, only one was unanimously approved to move forward.
The Newtown Bee reports that the proposal includes a “Sacred Sycamore Tree,” with the sacred soil beneath it, and a manufactured pool with names of the victims carved in stone surrounding it. There are concerns with the cost of the project.
According to minutes of the review session, Commission members were looking for designs that were accessible for navigating the property; had some sort of kiosk or shelter and the inclusion of the sacred soil in a meaningful way, but not as the central focus of the memorial. They also agrees that there should be a distinct place for the victims’ names, instead of scattered around the property.