Walls of Monoliths

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Behind each side of the statue would be a ‘wall of monoliths’. The American wall would consist of four black granite slabs. Each slab would contain mission dates, the mission logos along with crew names and quotes from participants associated with the missions.

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Three eternal flames would be included on the slab featuring Apollo 1. These would be to honor astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee who gave their lives in the race to the Moon.

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Between the monoliths would be a large section of clear crystal. Inside the crystals would be laser etched drawings of the Saturn V, the Lunar Module and the Command/Service Module.

These etching would be three dimensional and would allow visitors to walk around them to see a full representation of the vehicles.

Each end of the wall would be bookended with a tiered triangular stone featuring quotes from President Kennedy (the 1961 speech to Congress and the 1962 speech at Rice University) along with the Project Apollo logo and an image of the Moon’s near side.

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The Soviet side would contain a similar wall with information, logos and quotes pertaining to their country’s efforts and accomplishments in the race to the Moon and in space travel during the time period of 1957 to 1975.

An eternal flame would be included on the slab featuring Soyuz 1. This would be to honor Vladimir Komarov who gave his life in the race to the Moon.

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The laser etchings for the USSR clear crystals would include the N1, the LK, the Soyuz LOK and Zond.

Each end of the Soviet wall would be bookended with a tiered triangular stone featuring quotes along with the Soviet Space Program logo and an image of the Moon’s far side.

A vertical line of LED lights would be recessed inside the sides of the black granite walls. These lights would illuminate the inside of the crystal sections at night.

Beneath the black granite walls and crystal sections, a cascading waterfall would run along the length of the base between the bookends. A set of blue LED lights would illuminate the waterfalls at night.

On the outer side of each country’s bookends would be the name of the park in black metallic letters. Three small lights would illuminate the words at night.

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The outer sides of the walls would also feature a small concrete extension which would run the length of the base between the bookends. Across the extension, a quote regarding the efforts of the country’s people would be written into the concrete.

A small set of lights would be underneath the quote to help illuminate the sidewalk in front of it.

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Engraved into the back of the black granite walls would be segments of a single artwork depicting the efforts of the country’s lunar program. Lights along the inner edge of the reflecting pool would illuminate the artwork at night.

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Across the top of the extension, three small fountains would create a reflecting pool. The water from the pool would become the cascading waterfalls along the inner side of the walls.

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