Landscape Architect & Specifier News

FEB 2016

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56 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Tribute (Continued from page 54) western end recognizes the sacrifice of Gold Star families. Made of bronze, the table recalls the traditional table where families gather to share dinner, stories and laughter—a familiar symbol of domesticity, respect and solemnity. A five-point foundation with a polished surface supports the table and signifies the Gold Star, a symbol used since 1917 to acknowledge the loss of a loved one in military service. Throughout the planning the design team searched for themes that were personal and transcendent. One of the most powerful metaphors is the sky, the moon and the stars, which connect military families when their soldiers are deployed. Northern hemisphere constellations shine through penetrations in the table's surface and create a guide to the night sky. Polaris, the North Star, is emphasized as a constant navigational guide home, and also refers to Minnesota's state motto: L'Étoile du Nord, Star of the North. Today, the Minnesota Military Family Tribute stands as a lasting thank you to Minnesota's military families, appropriately at home on the Capitol Mall. Below In line with the Gold Star Table is the 12' tall steel sculpture "Monument to the Living" by Rodger Brodin. It depicts a returning Minnesota soldier in full combat gear. In the background is the 186' tall copper-clad dome of the Cathedral of Saint Paul on Summit Avenue on Cathedral Hill, overlooking downtown St. Paul. Top, Right The colored concrete under the Gold Star Table is by Bulach Custom Rock. The specified seating here is 6'-long ipe slated benches ('Trio'). Backless benches were also specified. The tall ornamental trees (right) are 'Autumn Brilliance' serviceberry; the walkway trees (left) are 'Autumn Blaze' maples (Max Tree Farm). The red flowering garden plants, inspired by "Remember Everyone Deployed" (R.E.D.), include 'Brilliant' poppy, 'Ruby Stella' daylily and 'Como Park' roses. The trees and plantings were installed by Margolis Co. Bottom, Right The curving tree-lined "Thank You Military and Veteran Family Walkway" connects the two major elements of the Family Tribute—Story Stones (pictured) on the east and the Gold Star Table on the west. The graceful arc of 'Autumn Blaze' maples trees provide dappled shade in the summer, vibrant fall colors and gray bark against freshly fallen snow in the winter.

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