Posts Tagged ‘Event Architecture’

Olympic Cauldron and Stairway

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


1996 Olympic Games

Savannah, Georgia


The Savannah sailing venue at the 1996 Olympic Games marked the first time in modern Olympic history that a non-host city was authorized to hold a separate torch-lighting ceremony.The Spriggs Group managed 13 private companies and city agencies in the construction of the Savannah cauldron, which was designed by Atlanta artist Ivan Bailey. We also designed the stairway used in the igniting of the cauldron torch during the opening ceremonies which were narrated by Walter Cronkite.


Memorial to the Enslaved Community

Thursday, May 29th, 2008


Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Charlottesville, Virginia

Historically, the obelisk is a monument to the dead, dating back to ancient Egypt. At Monticello, this form marks the grave of Thomas Jefferson. The root also has age-old importance and is a symbol of the opposing force offered by the past to the present, the mystery of ancestors, the basis for life and growth, a healing element, an interrupting object, a symbol of potency, and the gathering counter forces of strength and fragility.

Our design concept explores the relationship of artifact and root to establish a memorial to the slave community which was an integral part of life at Monticello.

In Concepts A& B, the root has been incorporated to the obelisk design and represents a people removed or pulled from their homeland and yet still growing branches. While all of the concepts use brick to represent the main house, the owner, and the white community, Concept A incorporates plantation artifacts that are intertwined with the root system to represent the tools and lifestyle of the slave community. In Concept C, the field stone’s original purpose is inverted so that the foundation stone which supported the living from underground now memorializes the dead from above. Stone that originally supported the brick plantation house from below is now a memorial that rests on the brick of the plantation.