Xavier Cortada, “Memory Box Monument: Coral Gables (rendering),” 2022.

Memory Box Monument is a participatory memorial designed by artist Xavier Cortada to engage Americans in honoring the 1,000,000 people in the United States who lost their lives due to complications from COVID-19. The memorial’s online component asks participants to share the name and story of the person they lost and the words they wish they could have shared with them before they died. Those stories and images can be accessed by physically scanning the QR codes on the facade of hundreds of 8-foot black cube monuments imagined in public and private spaces across the American landscape.