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Orange County Crime Victims’ Monument Design Competition

Judges have selected five finalists from 59 entries in a competition to design a Crime Victims’ Monument at William R. Mason Regional Park.

Click here to see the five finalists' submissions in detail.

The five designs include features like panels with victims’ names, gathering areas and reflecting pools. The finalists are invited to submit more detailed Stage 2 designs by Jan. 30, 2014, followed by a public exhibition of the submittals in February and March. The formal winner announcement will be in April of 2014.

Click here to view all the entries submitted.

People on a stage holding candles at dusk. 
Crime victims and family members at the site unveiling April 24, 2013.

About the Orange County Crime Victims’ Monument Design Competition

In observation of 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the County of Orange, the Orange County Board of Supervisors and OC Parks are sponsoring a competition for the design of a new Crime Victims’ Monument to be installed at a beautiful site within William R. Mason Regional Park. The goal of this competition is to identify an outstanding artistic compliment to the landscape of the park, to create an iconic gathering space that will provide visitors with a space for contemplation, remembrance, and healing. The winning design will be inherently egalitarian and human-scale, expressing the cross-cultural and inter-generational impact of crime on members of our community.

The goal of the competition is to create a monument feature that will:

  • Pay tribute to victims of crime.
  • Promote hope, healing, and remembrance for those touched by crime.
  • Give voice to those who cannot speak for themselves.
  • Provide a beautiful feature which complements the landscape of the park.
  • Create a space of solace and contemplation to facilitate both large gatherings and private visitation.
  • Provide an opportunity for individual contributions to the site (e.g. inscriptions of names, plaques, or pavers).

Competition Structure

This is an open, two-phase competition. The first stage solicits concept drawings and a narrative which fully articulate the designer’s vision for the monument site within Mason Regional Park.  A jury of 10, comprised of two individuals selected by each member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, will select up to five finalists to move on to stage two. The second stage solicits detailed design documents, in plan and elevation view, logo design, and an optional materials board. In addition to submission of these materials, finalists will be asked to present their design concepts to the Jury.

Competition Schedule

  • Competition Announcement — April 24, 2013
  • Competition Guidelines and Registration Posted – May 1, 2013
  • EXTENDED! New Registration Deadline — June 30, 2013, 5 p.m. (PST)
  • EXTENDED! Questions Period — May 16, 2013 to June 21, 2013
  • Answers Posted – June 28, 2013
  • 7/15/15 -- Stage 1 submittals emails sent. If you did not receive one at the email address you provided at registration, or if you have lost the submittal email please click this link to have your submittal information resent.
  • EXTENDED! Stage 1 Submittals Deadline — September 30, 2013, 5 p.m. (PST)
  • Stage 1 Finalists Announced — Nov. 19 at Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting.
  • Stage 2 Submittals Deadline — January 30, 2014 5 p.m. (PST)
  • Public Exhibition of Stage 2 Submittals — February 2014 through March 2014
  • Finalist Presentations to Jury – March/April 2014
  • Exhibition and Formal Winner Announcement — April 2014

NOTE: Competition schedule subject to change.  All updates will be posted on the competition website, and registered participants notified by email.

Eligibility and Registration

  • Registration is now closed.

Additional Information

Contact Us

Emails with questions regarding the competition process or rules, or questions about the site, will be answered on the website during the scheduled Q&A period. No individual email responses will be sent.

To contact the Design Competition Coordinator please send email to: