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 1840s 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 cemetery
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 cemetery (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 Garden
  4. Airdrie Road Residence
  5. Albany Avenue Residence
  6. Alexandra Park
  7. Aporia Records
  8. Asphalt Poetry
  9. – Poem
  10. Baby Point Gardens
  11. Beach Garden
  12. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  13. Beaty Residence
  14. Bennington Heights Garden
  15. Berkeley Street Residence
  16. Bin-Scarth Garden
  17. Blink and you miss it.
  18. – Poem
  19. Block 22 Landscape
  20. Bloor St. Apartment
  21. Blue Note
  22. Booth Avenue Residence
  23. Boustrophedon Garden
  24. Braemore Gardens Residence
  25. Browning Avenue Residence
  26. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  27. Camp Arowhon Offices
  28. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  29. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  30. Chocolate Loft
  31. City Instrument
  32. Clarendon Garden
  33. Conversation Piece
  34. Cortleigh Boulevard Garden
  35. Creemore Farm
  36. Danforth Mosaic BIA Master Plan
  37. Dickson Park Garden
  38. Dilworth Residence
  39. Don Landing Revitalization
  40. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  41. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  42. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  43. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  44. Eglinton Ave Forecourt
  45. Eglinton Park Master Plan
  46. Elizabeth Fry Society
  47. Ellsworth Residence
  48. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  49. First Avenue Garden
  50. First Avenue Residence
  51. Flyover Canada
  52. Foote’s Pond Wood
  53. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  54. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  55. Global Affairs Monument
  56. Goldring Landscape, University of Toronto
  57. Gormley Garden
  58. Governor's Bridge Lookout
  59. Greener P
  60. Greer Road Garden
  61. Greer Road Residence
  62. Guelph Bridge
  63. Head in the Clouds
  64. Helena Ave Residence 4
  65. Junction Craft Brewery
  66. Kelpies Competition
  67. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  68. King's Landing Apartment
  69. Kipling & Islington Developments
  70. Le jardin du repos
  71. Lenticular Curtain
  72. Leslie Slip Lookout Park
  73. Liberty Village Parkettes
  74. Liza’s Garden
  75. Lynwood Garden
  76. Macroscape
  77. Markham Garden One
  78. Markham Street Residence Two
  79. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  80. Mulock Park
  81. Nathan Phillips Square
  82. – Streetscape
  83. – Peace Garden
  84. – Podium Roof Garden
  85. Octane Medical Campus
  86. Orchard View Garden
  87. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  88. Owl Cottage
  89. Paperstone Scissors
  90. Pendrith Residence
  91. Peripheral Sitings
  92. Pottery Road Crossing
  93. rare
  94. Ravine Forecourt
  95. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  96. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  97. Roxborough Garden One
  98. Roxborough Garden Two
  99. Schulich School of Business
  100. Sheridan College
  101. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  102. Spadina Quay Wetland
  103. St. Anne's Road Garden
  104. Stratford Market Square Competition
  105. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  106. Superkids Dental
  107. Superlegible
  108. Sweet Farm
  109. Sweet Farm Pond House
  110. Swift Medical Offices
  111. The Meadows Reconsidered
  112. The Red Sash
  113. Thick & Thin
  114. Thistletown II Townhouses
  115. Tipping Point
  116. TMU Centre for Urban Innovation
  117. TMU Science Building
  118. Tranby Garden
  119. Tree House Residence
  120. UBC Okanagan – The Commons
  121. UHN Tunnels
  122. University of Toronto Mississauga Welcome Centre
  123. Venice Biennale 2012
  124. Vermont Square Park
  125. Vernon Avenue Garden
  126. Walk the Walk
  127. Walmer Road Residence
  128. Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial
  129. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  130. Wells Street Residence
  131. Westminster Residence
  132. Weston Village BIA Masterplan
  133. With Words as Their Actions
  134. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  135. Woven Stories
  136. York Park