On January 12, 2011, on the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake that took the lives of four Lynn students and two professors, Lynn University unveiled the permanent memorial - The Remembrance Plaza - that will be built on Lynn's campus in honor of the Journey of Hope to Haiti in 2010.
While on their January 2010 Journey of Hope, an endeavor in the university’s tradition of service to Haiti, four Lynn University students and two faculty members died during a 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th. Arriving a day before the deadly quake, they had time to make a difference at a school for the handicapped and a girls’ orphanage
Designed by Sousa Architecture, this will be a place of remembrance and reflection...a place of inspiration.
To paraphrase the words of Luis Sousa, the Architect of the project, the memorial will feature the elements of light, water, stone and trees. The six triangular prisms, which represent each of the lost individuals, were selected because of their natural ability to refract light in color upon you while you are viewing the memorial as if the spirit of the individual is a part of you. The arch that covers the prisms is a symbol that unifies the departed. The waterfall is a cleansing and it flows over six steps leading down into the lake, two large steps representing the professors and four small steps representing the students.
The granite cladding was also selected for its reflective qualities. Charles Urso, through his company Marble of the World, is donating all of the granite cladding material for the project. The granite selected for this project is called Labradorite Blue Extra. "Highly sought after, this exotic and striking granite showcases how truly beautiful Mother Nature can be. Labradorite Blue Extra granite features a spectacle of iridescent labradorite accents on a deep green background. Ranging in colors of typical blues and violets through greens, yellows and oranges, these iridescent accents give this granite an almost three dimensional feel." A slab view and closeup view of the gem quality labradorescence of this stone is shown in these photos.
We invite you to be a part of The Lynn University Remembrance Plaza
To learn more about Lynn University and their Journey of Hope - Haiti follow the link http://www.lynn.edu/haiti