Las Vegas 2017 Mass Shooting Memorial Design Approved

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In a unanimous decision, the Clark County Commission has approved the design for a permanent memorial (rendering pictured) dedicated to the victims of the 2017 Las Vegas massacre.

This tragic event, which took place during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

On October 1, 2017, 58 people died when a lone gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay tower down onto the festival. A further two people died later from related injuries.

The memorial, named Forever One, will feature 58 beams of light and a central tower sculpture to memorialize the victims of the tragedy.

The plot of land, located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, has sat unused since 2017. Owner MGM Resorts sold it to the North Dakota’s Three Affiliated Tribes in 2022.

“We are grateful to the design teams, family members, survivors and everyone who participated in this process to create a memorial to remember the events of 1 October,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Jim Gibson, in a Clark County office announcement.

Ideas Heard by the Community

The planned memorial is set to be constructed on two acres of the former Las Vegas Village, the exact site of the tragedy.

The design, envisioned by JCJ Architecture, features a wall inscribed with the names of the victims. This wall will gracefully curve around 58 beams, termed “candles,” each representing a victim. Additionally, the memorial will incorporate a central tower of light and a dedicated space for intimate concerts.

JCJ Architecture’s design aims to serve as a sanctuary for individuals to reflect, grieve, and remember those who lost their lives.

To ensure the design resonated with those most affected, JCJ, which operates in seven U.S. cities, including Las Vegas, conducted “listening sessions.”

These sessions involved various groups, including the families of the victims, survivors of the event, and emergency responders. Five design concepts were initially submitted to a memorial committee. This committee, after gathering input from victims’ family members, survivors, and the general public, selected the Forever One design as its top choice.

“Thanks to the committee’s hard work, a very unique process was put into place to ensure that anyone who had an idea for the memorial could be heard,” said Gibson.

Infinity Design Featuring 22,000 Lights

As well as the 58 candles, the site will feature 22,000 lights – one for each attendee at the concert that night. The lights will be arranged around an infinity shaped walkway that will circle round the installation’s 58-foot glass tower.

The site is also close to the shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer, a Roman Catholic church that provided refuge to many victims on the night of the massacre.

North Dakota’s Three Affiliated Tribes owns the land, which it will donate to the project.

It accquired 13 of the 15 acres of the original Las Vegas Village festival grounds in 2022.

The acquisition, which amounted to a reported $90M, was made from MGM Resorts International. The remaining two acres were donated by MGM specifically for the memorial’s construction.

With the design approved, the next steps involve the Clark County Commission staff identifying a suitable nonprofit organization. This organization will be responsible for managing the fundraising efforts, overseeing the construction, and ensuring the memorial’s maintenance.

An upcoming meeting will decide which organization will take on this solemn task, to ensure that the memorial remains a beacon of remembrance and human spirit through the future of Las Vegas.

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