portland firefighter memorial

The Portland Firefighter Memorial will be located on the east bank of the Willamette River adjacent to Portland Fire and Rescue Station 21 and across from downtown Portland. Whelton Architecture’s design establishes two discernible experiential zones: at the ground level, low horizontal stone benches and walls are rooted into the earth; and in the sky, tall vertical lanterns gently sway overhead. The memorial field below organizes these elements into a series of parallel lines whose overall figure is greater than any individual mark.

The presence of the memorial changes depending on the distance from which it is experienced. Within the memorial each lantern is clearly identifiable and the spacing between them varies to accommodate both individual visitors and larger groups. When seen from greater distances, the memorial lanterns merge into a unified line of light in the sky. This constellation-like pattern expands the presence of the memorial into a symbol which is visible and recognizable across the city.

More information on the project can be found at the david campbell memorial website.