The new Dublin Veterans Park (in Dublin, Ohio) was awarded to PLANT after an invited international two-stage competition. The Dublin Grounds of Remembrance is a one-acre park designed to commemorate the service of veterans and revitalize the town’s heritage settlement. The project eschews a traditional monument in favour of promoting the act of habitual walking and social gathering, reinforcing the journey of remembrance and creating new significance for the land.

The project comprises a copper Loggia with Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Concord Hymn (1836) laser-cut in bronze, Recognition Walk with bronze Guide Rail, ceremonial area, Memory Wall, Sycamore Grove, custom lighting, planting regeneration including a new storm-water strategy, and a Dedication Seat-Wall engraved with the five branches of the U.S. Military all surrounding an 1840’s cemetery. The collective ritual centres on the parade ceremony, with the backdrop of the Loggia, a sloped grassy amphitheatre shaded by the Grove of Sycamores, the inscribed stone wall where wreaths can be laid, and a flagpole.

View of the loggia and flag pole (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
View of the loggia from the cemetary
The poem wall in the loggia (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The poem wall
View of the assembled crowd in front of the loggia (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The inaugural memorial day ceremonies
View from the loggia of the viewing field (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
View of the memorial wall

Emerson’s poem was originally written for Concord’s centennial celebration of the start of the Revolutionary War: making an ancestral connection between the original fight for independence as a necessity for freedom, and all veterans that have followed.

The loggia and poem wall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
View of the loggia from the northwest
Detail of the Poem Wall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Detail of laser-cut lettering

Sycamores are symbolic of memory and rebirth: In addition to their river-side habit, Sycamores are symbols of longevity, renewal and shelter – their roots go back in Ohio over 130 million years. Their shedding bark mixes young and old on the trunk (it is literally inter-generational), and their branches are striking white, giving them a strong winter aspect when Veteran’s Day events occur.

The Grounds promote a daily and individual ritual journey choreographed from the large gathering space around the cemetery into the woods by the river, ending at the Memory Wall – a place for intimacy and archiving messages. The Walk is calibrated to pace movement with the textures of limestone screenings and paving. The sound of the crunching underfoot, the wear on the path, and the feel of the Guide Rail reinforce the physical and mental remembrance that generates personal meaning for the site. The Walk is edged by the bronze Guide Rail which guides movement and quietly marks the site boundary. The handrail’s shape invites touching, while providing support and registering the passage of visitors by polishing through usage.

This enduring public landscape serves as the hub for Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies, and as a daily retreat for visitors of all ages. The project has become a vital part of City’s program to revive the 19th-century heritage hamlet.

For more information and ongoing activities at the Grounds, please visit the City Of Dublin’s site.

View of the threshold to the cemetary (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Threshold at the guide rail and cemetery entry
Bagpiper bringing letter to poem wall (photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT)
Bagpiper bringing letter to poem wall · Photo: Chris Pommer/PLANT
View of the guide rail and path (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The guide rail and cemetery wall
Memory wall path (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The path from the memory wall
Path into the ravine
Path into the ravine
View of the memory wall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
The memory wall and bench
The memory wall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Detail of the memory wall – with the first note
View from the cemetery (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
View from the cemetery
View from inside the loggia towards High Street (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Inside the loggia

project index

  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Residence
  4. Albany Avenue Residence
  5. Aporia Records
  6. Asphalt Poetry
  7. – Poem
  8. Baby Point Gardens
  9. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  10. Beaty Residence
  11. Bennington Heights Garden
  12. Berkeley Street Residence
  13. Bin-Scarth Garden
  14. Blink and you miss it.
  15. – Poem
  16. Blue Note
  17. Booth Avenue Residence
  18. Boustrophedon Garden
  19. Braemore Gardens Residence
  20. Browning Avenue Residence
  21. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  22. Camp Arowhon Offices
  23. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  24. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  25. Chocolate Loft
  26. City Instrument
  27. Clarendon Garden
  28. Conversation Piece
  29. Creemore Farm
  30. Danforth Mosaic BIA Master Plan
  31. Dickson Park Garden
  32. Dilworth Residence
  33. Don Landing Revitalization
  34. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  35. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  36. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  37. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  38. Elizabeth Fry Society
  39. Ellsworth Residence
  40. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  41. First Avenue Garden
  42. Foote’s Pond Wood
  43. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  44. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  45. Goldring Landscape
  46. Gormley Garden
  47. Greener P
  48. Greer Road Garden
  49. Greer Road Residence
  50. Guelph Bridge
  51. Head in the Clouds
  52. Junction Craft Brewery
  53. Kelpies Competition
  54. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  55. Le jardin du repos
  56. Lenticular Curtain
  57. Liza’s Garden
  58. Lynwood Garden
  59. Macroscape
  60. Markham Garden One
  61. Markham Street Residence Two
  62. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  63. Nathan Phillips Square
  64. – Streetscape
  65. – Peace Garden
  66. – Podium Roof Garden
  67. Orchard View Garden
  68. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  69. Owl Cottage
  70. Paperstone Scissors
  71. Peripheral Sitings
  72. Pottery Road Crossing
  73. rare
  74. Ravine Forecourt
  75. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  76. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  77. Roxborough Garden One
  78. Roxborough Garden Two
  79. Sheridan College
  80. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  81. Spadina Quay Wetland
  82. Stratford Market Square Competition
  83. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  84. Superlegible
  85. Sweet Farm
  86. Sweet Farm Pond House
  87. The Meadows Reconsidered
  88. The Red Sash
  89. Thick & Thin
  90. Tipping Point
  91. Tranby Garden
  92. Tree House Residence
  93. UTM Welcome Landscape
  94. Venice Biennale 2012
  95. Vermont Square Park
  96. Vernon Avenue Garden
  97. Walmer Road Residence
  98. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  99. Wells Street Residence
  100. Westminster Residence
  101. With Words as Their Actions
  102. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  103. Woven Stories
  104. York Park