Larry Martino

Larry Martino

Larry Martino

1 October Memorial: An aerial view rendering of the planned "Forever One" Memorial on the Las Vegas Strip.

You may have seen the article we posted last week about the winning design for the 1 October Memorial. There were five companies who submitted bids. Ultimately, the Clark County 1 October Memorial Committee recommends the JCJ Architecture design. The title: “Forever One.”

What Inspired JCJ Architecture’s 1 October Memorial Design?

The JCJ Architecture website goes into great detail about the inspiration for the “Forever One” design. Specifically, inspiration arose based on several listening sessions with various segments of the Las Vegas community. First, they spoke to family members of the 58 concertgoers who perished that night.

After that, listening sessions were also conducted with emergency responders, survivors, and other fans attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October 2017. JCJ Architecture also listened to groups of community members who have been impacted by that tragic event even though they did not attend the concert.

What JCJ Architecture Learned From Those Sessions

JCJ Architecture’s website goes on to mention what they learned from those listening sessions. First and foremost, the memorial would need space to remember the 58 people who died there. Community members noted that there should be a feeling of strength and courage in the design. Additionally, JCJ Architecture is now aware of our community’s need for healing and uniting.

Surprisingly, JCJ Architecture also invited the general public to submit “creative expressions” which would honor the victims, survivors, emergency responders, and other groups affected by the tragedy. Those submissions also provided inspiration.

1 October Memorial Final Design Is An “Expression Of Light”

In my opinion, one of the most intriguing aspects of their design proposal may not be noticeable when walking through the 1 October Memorial. In fact, you will notice its unique design better from above. Even though we live here, it’s still a thrill to fly into Las Vegas and see all the lights of the Strip and our growing city.

With that in mind, the “Forever One” memorial design represents the infinity symbol. Therefore, those 18 million or so airline passengers who fly into our airport will view the memorial from above. By and large, they will see a unique “expression of light” against the rest of the Las Vegas landscape. It should be breathtaking and very emotional. Final approval for this project is expected sometime in September 2023.

Scroll down to see some amazing artist renderings of what JCJ Architecture hopes to build on the Las Vegas Strip.


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