Location: Ithaca, NY
Area: 1,000 ft2
Status: Completed, 2015 Lead Designer: Weiss/Manfredi
Darius Woo (director of Kasawoo) was the Project Architect in charge for Memorial Grove at Weiss/Manfredi. He was responsible for the phases of schematic design, design development, construction document, and the subsequent construction coordination of project.
The Memorial Grove is a permanent community gathering place inspired by Cornell University's historic landscape and academic legacy. The installation shapes and frames ones perceptual experience towards the landscape and invites visitors to engage, contemplate and expand Cornell's rich academic, historic, and innovative legacy.
The Memorial Grove commemorates the many voices that are part of the rich tapestry of Cornell's history. Forty five granite benches are inscribed with a 150 year timeline of historical narratives that begin at the top of the hill and extend beyond the edge of the site.
The Grove is an intentionally open-ended work that represents Cornell's continuity of history. Ezra Cornell, co-founder of Cornell, said "We have not invited you to see a university finished, but to see one begun." Like Cornell, the installation is designed to expand over time to commemorate future histories.