There’s now a dedicated road trauma memorial on Geelong’s Waterfront
01.09.2020

There’s now a dedicated road trauma memorial on Geelong’s Waterfront

A place to stop and remember loved ones who have lost their lives on the roads.

Often when we think of architecture, we think about the notion of sheltering. However, memorials are among the few types of architecture that are not primarily intended to shelter, but to remember.

A space that respectfully aims to keep alive the memory of those who have fallen in heroic acts, who have been involved in terrible accidents, or have been unfortunate victims of cruel historical events, memorials are built with the purpose of materializing intangible emotions, creating collective memories that can be remembered through time.

Now Victorians will have access to a dedicated area to do just that – to remember people who have lost their lives or been injured on the road – with the first statewide road trauma memorial which has just opened on the Geelong waterfront.

Created by Ocean Grove’s Don Walters, the steel and stone sculpture can be found on the picturesque waterfront off Hearne Parade, where the views will provide a peaceful place for all people affected by road trauma to visit and remember their loved ones.

Titled ‘Solace’, Walters used the moon as a metaphor “for the constantly changing range of emotions that all who experience loss through road trauma progress through”.

“This poignant design will help create a space for people to stop and remember loved ones who have lost their lives on the roads. No one healing from road trauma needs to go through it alone – this memorial provides a permanent reminder that support is available,” says Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll.

Walters solemn but spectacular design was chosen by representatives from the TAC and City of Greater Geelong, along with TAC clients and community members affected by road trauma, with the hope that it will raise awareness for support networks that Victorians can access.

“Solace is a compelling and thoughtful artwork that provides an emotional focal point for those seeking a quiet and reflective space,” Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher adds.

“The City has carried out further landscaping works in the area to provide all-abilities access and create a welcoming atmosphere.”

147 lives have been lost on Victorian roads this year.