THE COUNTLESS ARE ACCOUNTED FOR
Unfortunately we face gruesome headlines regarding acts of terrorism, the refugee crisis and natural disasters almost every day. Usually the number of deaths related to those unfortunate events remain just that, numbers. How can we understand the true impact of, let's say, 400 deaths? That's what Daan Wubben asked himself, resulting in 'The Moving Memento', his Design Academy graduation project.
The Moving Memento translates the figures into white concrete stones: one for each individual whom passed away. In doing so, the numbers of deaths are made tangible, creating a physical monument to commemorate the victims. Daan's inspiration was grown from the fact that he is dyslectic, having a hard time to truly understand the numbers associated with aforementioned headlines himself. In today's information era, we see statistics all around us, but we can't actually feel those sterile numbers. Even though the data is important to show, victims deserve more than ending up as cold statistics.
Not only does The Moving Memento create a beautiful space to remember victims, as building the memento (counting and arranging the stones) is an act of remembrance in itself too. Meaning that relatives can come together and build the monument themselves as part of the grieving process. Offering a physical solution to the lack of empathy regarding mass casualties, is why Daan's project links to our Sensory Fetishism trend. This shift is all about the growing need for tangible and experience related designs.
We are truly moved by the way Daan wants to raise awareness for anonymous casualties, and hope that his project inspires similar projects to pop up. Let's make the world a kinder and more empathic place, one stone at a time.
Check out the video below to hear Daan explain his project.