Pritzker Military Museum and Library announces design selected in international design competition for Cold War Veterans Memorial

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“Orbits” by Oyler Wu Collaborative selected for Cold War Veterans Memorial in Somers, Wisconsin

Somers, Wis., March 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Contact:

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Pritzker Military Museum & Library Announces Selected Design in

International Design Competition for the Cold War Veterans Memorial

“Orbits” by Oyler Wu Collaborative selected for Cold War Veterans Memorial in Somers, Wisconsin

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SOMERS, WI (March 22, 2022) – In April 2021, the Chicago-based Pritzker Military Museum & Library launched an international competition for the new Cold War Veterans Memorial to be built in Somers, Wisconsin, in the part of the Pritzker Project Archives & Memorial Park Center (PAMPC). After reviewing an overwhelming number of inspiring design concepts, Orbits was selected as the final design for the competition.

Orbits is designed by Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler of Oyler Wu Collaborative in Los Angeles, California. From its formal structure to its fashioned surroundings, the memorial emerges from the ground to become an architectural tribute to Cold War veterans, embodying the dedication, optimism and hope emblematic of their enduring spirit. Collectively, the memorial unifies these complex narratives through juxtaposition, acknowledging its interconnected history – that of sacrifice, triumph and innovation.

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“Every design submitted was remarkable and very inspiring. The final decision was tough, but after much discussion, we believe the design of Orbits will truly feel like a place where everyone who contributed to the Cold War will be honored. This memorial is special and very dear to many because the people who sacrificed at this time are not recognized enough. Our goal is to make sure our gratitude to these people is shown through this project,” said Col. Jennifer Pritzker, Founder of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

The design competition was a two-stage juried process. Stage 1 was an open call to submit design concepts for the memorial. In Stage 2, the finalists evolved their concepts for the memorial to create fully defined designs. The design challenge was to provide a conceptual design for the Cold War Veterans Memorial that embraces the mission statement, exemplifies the guiding vision and achieves the design objectives drafted by the War Veterans Memorial Steering Committee cold. Finalists took up the challenge and submitted designs that showed their passionate exploration of how to represent the scale and complexity of the Cold War for current and future generations.

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As Dwyan Oyler and Jenny Wu stated in their submission, “In recognition of the deep complexity of the Cold War, our design draws on a range of significant artifacts and images from the era to create a immersive experience – evoking a range of cultural associations organized as a set of circular ‘orbits’ across the landscape.

The guiding vision of the Cold War Veterans Memorial is to create permanent recognition that stimulates ongoing reflection and study that honors American servicemen and civilians who served and sacrificed during the Cold War (1945-1991). In keeping with the mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the Cold War Veterans Memorial aims to increase the public’s understanding of military history and how its lessons have contributed to the history we create today.

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“We are extremely honored to have received so many applications from such talented national and international designers and to see the professional skills the finalists have brought to the second stage,” said Susan Rifkin, Acting CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. . “We really look forward to working with Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler to create a memorial that honors the lives and legacies of those who served and helped during the Cold War.”

Oyler Wu Collaborative’s Orbits concept received unanimous recommendation from the jury as a shortlisted design and from the design team. In its summary report, the jury said that the imagery of this concept invites discovery, that the setting is respectful of the site and that a variety of paths and experiences can be explored and offer a palette of interpretation. .

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All information about the design competition is available at

Please view the design submission by Jenny Wu and Dwayne Oyler of Oyler Wu Collaborative in Los Angeles, CA here.

Pritzker Archives and Memorial Park Center

The PAMPC was created out of a need for additional space to house part of the circulating book collection and archival collections of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and will be completed in phases over approximately ten years.

The first phase of the PAMPC project will include the Pritzker Military Archives Center to house the collections and provide working space for the continued preservation of future exhibits; Demand-based commercial archives where private collectors, public institutions and others can store their archives; a facility specializing in firearms education and training; a cleverly landscaped community green space with walking and cycling paths; and the Cold War Veterans Memorial.

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About the Cold War Veterans Memorial

In keeping with the mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the Cold War Veterans Memorial aims to increase the public’s understanding of military history. It will be a lasting tribute to the courage and tenacity of the United States armed forces and civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served during the Cold War, from September 2, 1945, to December 26, 1991. The memorial will be an exhibit accessible to the public. where citizens can honour, reflect and learn about the bravery and sacrifices made to advance the freedom of our country. To learn more, visit

About Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center

Located in Somers, Wisconsin, the Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center supports the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s mission to preserve the past, present, and future of the citizen soldier. This project includes several components, the first being the Pritzker Archives Center, a state-of-the-art archival space to restore, preserve and store the collections of the Military Museum and the Pritzker Library, which include books, artifacts and other historical materials. . Other components of the project include a business archives center, firearms education center, Cold War veterans memorial and community green space. To learn more, visit

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About the Military Museum and the Pritzker Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library aims to increase the public’s understanding of military history, military affairs and national security by providing a forum for the study and exploration of our military – past, present and future – with particular emphasis on their stories, sacrifices and values. With national and global reach, these spaces and events aim to share the stories of those who served and their contributions as citizen soldiers, helping citizens around the world appreciate the relationship between the armed forces and the civilians they protect. freedoms. A non-governmental and non-partisan organization, the Museum & Library showcases a variety of collections, scholarly initiatives and public programs, from its flagship center in downtown Chicago to its world-class research facility and park currently under construction in Somers, NY. Wisconsin.



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