GreenWorks Helps Visualize a new Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Oregon's Capitol

A computer generated image of people experiencing a vietnam war memorial on a sunny day

“If we forget what used to be, then we’ve lost an ability to really be sensitive to our surroundings.” – Maya Lin

GreenWorks was honored to assist landscape architect firm Abbaté Designs by using their two-dimensional design drawings to create immersive, 3D visualizations of a proposed Vietnam War Memorial on the Oregon State Capitol grounds. The memorial is a tribute to Vietnam veterans, and a place to remember the hard lessons and the immense costs of that war.

The non-profit group The Fund for a Vietnam War Memorial on the Oregon State Capitol Grounds hopes to have the memorial completed by Veterans Day, 2022, and estimates it’ll cost 2.7 million dollars. The video and still image visualizations we created will help the group raise funds.

Our team worked to enliven the drawings by using 3D rendering software to build three-dimensional objects up from the ground. Once the 3D objects were built, they were brought into a rendering software known as Lumion to provide texture, movement, shadows, vegetation, people, and cars.

“This will be the official Vietnam War Memorial on the State Capitol Grounds, just south of the WWII Memorial. Incorporating two dramatic sculptures, the design captures the fragmented reception returning Vietnam Veterans faced, while embracing the love of nature of all Oregonians.” – Abbaté Designs

Mike Abbate of Abbate designs working on the visualization with the greenworks team

Mike Abbate of Abbate designs working on the visualization with the greenworks team

The design includes a set of black granite columns listing names of all Oregonians who died in the war; four benches to honor the Rowden, Wright, Evans and Johnson families, Oregon families who each lost two sons in the war; stations honoring all Missing in Action (MIA) and Prisoners of War (POW) from all conflicts; a sculpture depicting a nurse attending to a wounded soldier; a marsh with vegetation evocative of a coastal lowland; a sculpture by Libby Carruth, an Oregon artist, depicting the struggles of the returning Vietnam veterans; a large area for gatherings and discussions; a memorial stone to honor the six Oregonians who died in Operation Desert Storm; a memorial monument to the 6,000+ Oregon Gold Star Families; and a display to honor all Purple Heart recipients from Oregon.

 Thanks also to Caswell Sculpture, OM Stone, and Chad Scott of Lux 3D Scan for help on the visualization.