Renderings copyright Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO/Public Art Norway
KORO/Public Art Norway has selected Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg to design memorials at the sites of the July 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway. At Utøya island, where 69 people were murdered, Dahlberg will make an 11.5-ft. incision into the landscape that symbolizes a wound. The names of the victims will be engraved into the wall on the other side of the cut, unable to be touched by visitors. “The void that is created evokes the sense of sudden loss combined with the long-term missing and remembrance of those who perished,” according to the evaluation notes from the competition jury.
The material excavated for the monument will be used to create another memorial at the government quarter in Oslo, the site of a car bomb that killed eight. Plans include a temporary pathway and a permanent amphitheater that will use trees from Utøya to retain the relationship between the two sites. “The proposal is radical and brave, and evokes the tragic events in a physical and direct manner,” the jury noted.