This proposal sets out a process which is relational in nature, and rather than operating as a physically permanent object the project foregoes this traditional manifestation in order to activate a dialogical, cultural and historic relationship between those that are HONORED and those who have the power to HONOR.
This campaign is an unprecedented act of acknowledgement and honor. The ramifications around the world and into the future might set an extraordinary example for redress and social healing, and to some extent begin to address the unresolved issues of state abuse and the inadequate care for vulnerable members of our society.
The most important issue, was and is an unquestioned acceptance of authority over the rights of the individual, and the welfare of the most vulnerable.
Although it might not be possible to redeem the past, this commemoration might speak of a willingness to embrace it, to acknowledge those who have suffered, to value and learn from their experience, in the resounding pursuit of a better society.
If nominated or elected, from that point forward every adult or child who opens a history book will learn of the present generation’s willingness to embrace the mistakes of the past and value those who have suffered so deeply. This is a commemoration not just to the survivors of institutional abuse, but to those who did not survive, those who have been implicated by history in their silence and failure to intervene, and to those who are brave enough to acknowledge our collective failing and move forward in a process of healing.
The Institution of the state and its citizens would acknowledge and pay homage to those who have been treated so wrongly by offering the highest accolade possible to one who suffered due to its indifference.