Evocative of a ship, perforations puncture the rusting steel plates above the “waterline” , and rivets make up the remainder of the commemorative date below grade.
Monument Light Show
Lighting of the carillon conveys the explosion narrative. A 20 minute lightshow depicts the pre- and post-explosion events using swathes of coloured light and flashes.
A narrative in space and time. Like the community of Richmond—neither to return in name nor function—the name slowly deteriorates as the visitor ascends.
Following the Explosion—in the wake of the tsunami’s retreat—a “black rain” of unconsumed carbon of the explosives and shard-ridden debris fell to the earth.
Morse code is cut into a steel wall, depicting Vince Coleman’s famous last telegraph of warning to an inbound train of an imminent disaster.
Two retaining walls, each was designed to match the exact lengths of two vessels: the SS Imo (320 ft.) and the SS Mont-Blanc (430 ft.)
Appropriately labeled benches along the “Mont-Blanc” ship-wall represent the dangerous manifest onboard. Further inspection, reveals the vast quantity and value of the goods.
Each ship-wall portrays their direction of travel in the harbour: the “bows” are pierced with the ships specifications, the “sterns” includes information of their fate.