Between November 2010 and March 2011, an open design competition was sponsored by ACBHM, and led by Chairperson, Jon Fox, MD.
The competition was an open, two-stage design competition. At the first stage, digital submission of the design concept was online only. These were judged anonymously by members of our distinguished Jurors, who chose 13 finalists.
Each finalist was awarded an honorarium of $2,500 to develop a three-dimensional model and a fully realized scheme for the site. All final presentations were publicly exhibited and judged at a convocation of the Jurors, and the winner was declared at a public ceremony. The design will be reviewed by the planning board and fine arts board of the city of Atlantic City. In the event the winning design is eventually built, the winner will be awarded a prize of $25,000.
This competition sought to stimulate fresh thinking about public memorials. Participants were encouraged to contemplate the meaning of the Holocaust and genocide in our lives today, and to invent a fitting design for this time and this place. We looked to our entrants to propose the appropriate metaphors and forms for such a Memorial.