WSDOT Worker Memorial:
A new monument to the WSDOT workforce
The plan to expand the Worker Memorial at WSDOT Headquarters is taking shape and WSDOT employee involvement remains vital to fulfill the vision to:
- commemorate the sacrifice of our workers
- create a meaningful tribute to our fallen workers
- heighten the awareness and remind employees, visitors and the public of the sacrifices our workers and their families make while improving Washington’s roadway
The monument will be built in the WSDOT Headquarters atrium – a place where employees and visitors alike can take a moment to reflect.
2002: The first WSDOT Worker Monument: A rock of strength
As its first permanent memorial to those lost serving WSDOT, the Memorial Rock located at WSDOT Headquarters in Olympia embodied the strength of those lost and those left behind.
2011: A new vision: Raise, Move, and Manifest
In 2011, WSDOT developed a proposal to expand the WSDOT monument. With funding from the Memorial Foundation, an artist developed a concept to commemorate those who paid the ultimate price and to create a tribute, heightening awareness and reminding employees, visitors and the public of the sacrifices our workers and their families make while improving Washington’s roadways.
The Design: Roof, Outside, Inside
The design encompasses the transportation system and, most importantly, the WSDOT Employee as metaphorically ‘supporting’ the system.
Constructed of metal, the Memorial Artwork Pavilion is a series of four arched sculptures (see photos at right).
- The Top/Roof: Using photographic images transferred onto perforated metal panels, the top of the pavilion represents the state’s multi-modal transportation system – past, present, and future.
- The Outside: The sides represent workers, metaphorically holding up our state’s transportation system.
- The Inside: Each vertical frame will list the names of our fallen workers, symbolizing the ultimate sacrifice each employees made in the line of duty.
Submit Your Photos: Make the Monument Your Own
The side panels on each of the four arches will include photos showing those WSDOT employees that built and maintain that system – those that hold it up.
Help by sharing your unique perspective, those striking images that capture the essence of what WSDOT workers do each day, those employees who travel through and work on the roadways.
WSDOT employees can help by submitting photos to be considered for the Pavilion’s outside panels to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The artist will look at these photos, plus all WSDOT photos on Flickr and in our archives, for the Artist to review for possible incorporation into the final design.
The WSDOT Memorial Foundation will offer opportunities for WSDOT employees and partners to participate in fund-raising efforts. This is the WSDOT Employee’s monument – built by and for workers. No state funds will be used in its construction.