Project Overview

PROJECT: 2017 HERO[series]
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia

VETERAN: Matthew Mattiace
DESIGNER: Alex Laney

VIDEOGRAPHER: Kelly Rose Magnusson
VENUE: The Home Depot
PARTNER: The Home Depot Foundation


Design Story


Matthew proudly served his country from the depths of a U.S. Navy submarine. A sailor who still refers to other Navy Veterans as Shipmates, Matthew carries the tradition that keeps the Navy’s core values: Honor, Courage and Commitment as the guiding principle to his daily life and as a father to his son.

Many more of those core values make up the collage of symbols that represent the many feelings he experienced while underwater during his deployments at sea, creating a tree with deep roots that are embedded with a handful of the things that matter most in life: family, integrity and service.