Remembered

Submitted by Bruce A Niemi

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Client: Northern Illinois University

Location: DeKalb, IL, United States

Completion date: 2009

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team

Artist

Bruce A Niemi

Architect

Mark Hopkins

HKM Architects + Planners, Inc.

Overview

This 17'7″ memorial was created to honor the 5 students that were slain on February 14, 2008 on the NIU campus. After the shooting NIU put out a call for art to Alumni and I was given the honor to create this piece.

Goals

Rising up like an eternal flame, reaching to the heavens, giving hope, always to be remembered. Healing with time, moving forward together forward, past this moment that has affected so many lives in so many ways. These students will live on through everyone, they’ve touched, loved, and shared their hopes and dreams with, as well as those who didn’t know them but will remember them because of this memorial.

Process

Mark and I worked very closely on this project to make sure it was honoring the students.