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Orange County Crime Victims' Memorial Receives Numerous Submittals - Design Competition Judging Begins

Orange County Parks received 59 design submittals for consideration for the Orange County Crime Victims Memorial by the September 30 deadline. Open to all, the competition drew broad interest, with 42% of the entries originating internationally from Australia, Mexico, Sweden, Japan, China, and the United Kingdom. In addition, seven of the 59 entries were submitted by students.

"I am so pleased to see the outpouring of interest and dedication to this much needed Crime Victims Memorial here in Orange County," Supervisor Todd Spitzer said. "The level of interest from designers from around the world is a huge statement of how victimization is an issue that affects all walks of life."

The Orange County Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with Orange County Parks, is sponsoring this design competition, announced during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in April. The Crime Victims Memorial was approved by the Board of Supervisors and will be located at Mason Regional Park in Irvine.

The competition seeks to create a memorial that will pay tribute to crime victims and promote hope, healing, and remembrance for those touched by crime. The OC Crime Victims Memorial will also offer a place of solace and contemplation for crime victims and their families. The Memorial will complement the landscape of Mason Park and facilitate both large gatherings and private visitations. Many of the designs being considered may provide an opportunity for individual contributions to the site, such as inscriptions of names, plaques, or pavers.

The Design Competition is an open, two-stage competition. The first stage solicited concept drawings and narratives that fully articulated the design vision for the Memorial’s site within Mason Park. The 59 entries will be reviewed for completeness and consistency with the competition guidelines. A panel of eight judges appointed by the Board of Supervisors will select five finalists to move on to Stage Two of the competition. The five finalists will then submit detailed design documents in plan and elevation view, logo design, and an optional materials board by January 30, 2014.

Public participation is encouraged, as the 59 submittals will be posted online for public feedback and review. Once the 59 entries are narrowed to the five finalists, these five submittals will be displayed publicly in February and March. The winning design will be announced during Crime Victims' Rights Week in April 2014.

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