Title: MEMORY WOUND- MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF JULY 22
Authors: Jonas Dahlberg
Location: Sørbråten, Norway
Description: 3.5 meter cut through a small peninsula on the island of Sørbråten.
On July 22, 2010 a lone gunman bombarded a summer camp on the island of Utoya, off the coast of Norway killing 69 people.
By 2012 the Norwegian government hosted a design competition to establish a formal memorial. The competition was juried in partner with the Labour Party Youth League. Jonas Dahlberg’s design was selected and is projected to be complete in July 2017.
“My concept for the Memorial Sørbråten proposes a wound or a cut within nature itself. It reproduced the physical experience of taking away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died” – Jonas Dahlberg
The slice is a 3.5 meter void and is accessed by a narrow wooden pathway through the forrest. The pathway dips beneath the ground and takes the occupant to a viewing platform that gives a view of the section cut through the peninsula. Engraved into the section are the names of the victims of the massacre, intentionally just out of reach.
Sahlberg had the intention of prioritizing the emotional experience rather than the educational experience. Instead of leaving with a deeper factual understanding of the event, Sahlberg wanted the primary take away to be personal and emotional.