Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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Continued from page 14 h a rd s c a p e s 16 Landscape Architect and Specifier News entire design process took about eight months. "We got a fantastic contractor, John Bryne from The Patio Company," Lyon said. "We were really lucky that we got them because they did a really good job." Lyon's design is meant to be "simple, but powerful. I tried to work with some of the vocabulary that had been used in some of the other commemorative sites in Salem," she said. "Both the committee members and the descendants were very concerned that we include the names of each of those who had been hanged at the site." A semi-circular granite wall, which ranges in height from about two to four feet, surrounds the small plaza. At its center is a memorial white oak tree. "The tree was meant to commemorate but also to provide a canopy over the site so it will feel more like an outdoor room," Lyon explained. And, it's thought that the victims were hung from a white oak tree. Decomposed granite paves the plaza area, and a Brussels block curb contains the river stones that hide the nineteen 2.5- watt light fixtures, one for each victim, whose names are inscribed on granite plaques built into the wall. "I felt really strongly about including lighting," she continued, explaining that the lights don't just provide nighttime illumination, but "in a metaphorical way shine a light on the lives of these people." The dedication was held on July 19, 2017 – exactly 325 years after the first mass hanging at the site. "I think one of the most moving parts of this was at the dedication," Lyon said. "I've attended a lot of dedications for projects because I work in the public sector a lot. Sometimes there are five people that show up and sometimes there's a big crowd. This project, there were probably 400 people at the dedication." Above: The wall was made from reclaimed Cape Ann granite. The name stones, which were once granite steps, were engraved on site by Peter Rossi III of O'Rourke Bros. Memorials. River stone at the base of the wall disguise the lighting fixtures. Top, Right: Though the surrounding residential neighborhood caused some initial problems with the project, the main challenge was the site grade. The memorial is situated on a steep hill, but the interior of the plaza is a level grade. Lyon credits landscape contractor John Byrne of The Patio Company with achieving this. "We had to warp the surface of the paved area, but it's stone dust so it's easier, more forgiving," Lyon said. Bottom, Right: Eric Mitchell from Northeast Lighting Supply, a division of Northeast Nursery, designed the lighting to capture the age of the project, the stonework, the engraved markers, and the hand chiseled stone piers, all while using the least obtrusive lighting possible out of respect for the residential neighbors. He selected 'Mozart' well lights, each 2.5 watts and 107 lumens, to give the memorial a cohesive look.

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