Crime is a destructive force to all, both the individuals affected and society as a whole. The memorial is a place for the journey of personal reflection for those coming to terms with the past.
The landscape captures the form of broken glass, with splintered pathways between the shards. These shards which are made of dark basalt (volcanic glass) form raised gardens. Initially these gardens are barren. Those who visit bring life to these sterile environments. Leaving seeds, shrubs or flowers. In this way the visitor takes ownership of part of the memorial and participates in society’s healing process. The cumulative effect of thousands of these visits is that the barren broken shards transform into lush gardens.
The journey through the memorial between these broken shards is along smooth basalt pathways. On this journey between the gardens there are opportunities to stop for individual contemplation or for small groups to gather. The routes ramp upwards towards the centre of the memorial where a clearing offers opportunities for larger gatherings. This elevated point is a place where the memorial as a whole, and its transformation, can be seen in all directions.