Tim White Memorial
Rock musician John Mellencamp and his development team asked c2 | studio to design this proposed memorial for legendary Rolling Stone editor and Beacon Hill resident Tim White, and to help refurbish a neglected corner of Boston Common. We sought not only to create a dynamic and welcoming public environment, but also to memorialize Tim’s passion for music and support for unknown artists, as a means of educating observers about Boston’s rich musical legacy. We created a monolithic wall, acid-etched with ‘tattoos’ of the photographs and letters of artists he supported, which famously festooned his office walls. This gesture forms the conceptual framing mechanism that slices through the space and divides the plaza. Apertures of various sizes along its length mirror corresponding platforms punctuating the ground plane, creating a dialog between form and void. Accommodating all variety of ‘performances,’ the voids in the wall amplify the acts taking place on the platforms, both prosaic and remarkable, making apparent an otherwise overlooked phenomenon, like an unknown artist given voice.