precedent: MEMORY WOUND – MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF JULY 22

Title: MEMORY WOUND- MEMORIAL TO THE VICTIMS OF JULY 22

Authors: Jonas Dahlberg

Location: Sørbråten, Norway

Year: 2017

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.

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“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

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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.

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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.

SOURCES:

Jonas Dahlberg

Public Art Norway

 

 

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