Government and Cultural
IGW worked with University of Illinois Professor of Architecture Jeffery S. Poss and Dann Nardi, sculptor from Normal, Illinois on the planning, design and construction of the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial located in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. The design features flanking black granite walls, concrete and granite paver walkways, landscaped berms and the twelve foot diameter raised relief world globe.
Chronologies of important war events are inscribed into the granite walls with Pacific Theater events listed on one side and European Theater events on the other. The converging walls direct visitors to the white globe on which battle sites are highlighted with stainless steel markers. This memorial is grouped with the existing Illinois Vietnam Veterans and Illinois Korean War Memorials to enhance the experience of visiting all of the state memorials en masse.