Babi Yar Park
Mundus Bishop’s redesign of Babi Yar Park has transformed the site into a living landscape with a coherent ordered composition, experienced as a journey within a restored shortgrass prairie. Built in the late 1970s, with memorials designed by Satora Nishita, the park originated as place and action to demonstrate “a unified public protest against terrorism,” specifically acts against Kiev, Russia during WWII.
Our rework restored the monuments, immersing each in a new, rich setting that celebrates the park’s cultural significance. A central walkway, configured as a Star of David, connects spaces and offers a journey through the prairie. Granite terraces and seating create a new characteristic aesthetic for the park, offering gathering spaces and overlooks. The shaded grove of 100 Linden Trees commemorates those lost. The Ravine been redesigned as an urban wildlife corridor of wetlands, riparian uplands, and prairie. Perched on the Ravine, the restored Wooden Bridge connects the original cultural narrative with the new park landscape. The design for Babi Yar Park won the Merit Award from ASLA Colorado in 2011.