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“Missing Voices” is an urban intervention that supports all members of the community without barrier to entry. Three equally important and interrelated parts work together to interpret the legacy of President Wilson. 1. Voices: Surging forth from the Wilson School entrance, bronze plaques embedded in the granite paving demonstrate the power of incremental over monumental; disruptive and activating. Bronze, the ubiquitous, quintessential material of commemoration, punctuates the existing gray stone. Without words, they carry implicit messages changing over time. 2. Conversation: Oversized benches encourage the exchange of ideas, acting as an informal outdoor classroom for small groups or catalysts for directed learning. Wood slat construction of the same 2-inch dimension integrate the bronze markers. They link the incremental over monumental architecturally as part of community placemaking for both “town and gown”. 3. Canvas: A media display runs the length of the site. This data-driven presentation can be seen both day and night. Words emanate from behind translucent concrete, an innovative material is authentic in its presence and holds the unique property of allowing light to pass through the use of embedded fiber. When active, words appear in a strikingly elegant and robust way. Canvas is a digital format for data, performance imagery and other means of free expression. Wilson prevented women and people of color from achieving their human and civil rights. Programmed without barrier, “Missing Voices” retaliates by giving public expression to everyone. Now we all can listen and act.

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