Chris walked through the process of creating a study for a memorial at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. The understanding of Sikhism in America is limited and this has been a cause for discrimination and violence. In order to foster awareness of the religion and its people, Chris and Harpreet proposed a cultural center and memorial to violence against Sikh’s in America. The talk traced the basic premises of Sikhism through its cultural expressions especially those pertaining to clothing, while walking through the process of creating a memorial.
The memorial took on site specificity as well as universal themes of light and water to relate to the widest possible audience for furthering awareness and peaceful coexistence. Powerful questions resulted in the idea of memorializing the 2012 mass shooting that occurred at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin.