Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School alum designs Parkland memorial

Posted at 6:05 PM, Mar 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-23 04:24:57-04

The pain from the Stoneman Douglas shooting is still there.

To work through it, some have turned to activism, counseling, and art.

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Zachary Knudson is always in his workshop, designing. He's a glass artist.

"Very few people that are still doing this type of work," said Knudson. "Before that I just drew and I painted."

He started his passion at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He was a 2005 grad.

So, after February 14 he turned to what he does best.

"Very surreal, this is the most I can do," said Knudson.

He designed a memorial for the 17 lives lost.

The memorial will be 17 feet high with the names of the 17. It will be made out of metal and impact glass with broken lines.

"Kind of symbolizes everybody's broken heart," said Knudson.

It still holds together.

"Almost like it's mended to be stronger," said Knudson.

Parkland leaders are supportive of this memorial. It's unclear where it will go.

"It's not meant to make you sad, it's a reminder so you don't ever forget," said Knudson.