A MOMENT OF TOUCH
Project Site: Yale University, United States |2016
Junior Undergraduate Studio | Critic: Bimal Mendis
In response to a student protest at Yale University, This monument on cross campus is a silent conversation that calls for a deeper understanding of the mental health environment on campus, specifically the dissension of students with mental health struggles.
For those who feel alienated because their depression is not understood by peers, faculty, or even by mental health professionals on campus - it’s a place to look up, embrace themselves and reach out. For those who have never had the chance to learn about the feelings of their fellow classmates - it’s a place to look down, contemplate and form an understanding.
This monument’s purpose is to encourage students to reflect and connect, instead of isolate or hide. It attempts to create empathy towards mental illness, especially towards suicidal thoughts.
The monument is designed to eventually be covered by the lawn and become part of the landscape - when the understanding is achieved and the monument itself is no longer needed.
Left: The Process of walking through the tunnel and on top of the mound. The walks stimulate a process towards reaching an understanding between the lonely student in the darkness and the students in the lively world above.
At the end of the tunnel is the destination - the connection between the two worlds where the two students meet. It invites the person below to look up and see the sky; it reminds the person above to look down and ackownledge the world below.