22 July 2011, Oslo
The same day, Utoya Island, Norway
27 February, 2014, Oslo.
Three years ago 69 people, many of them young, were murdered in Oslo and on Utoya, an island in Norway.
A contest was held this past winter for two memorials, one in each location. The judges chose Jonas Dahlberg, because his proposal “takes the emptiness and traces of the tragic events of 22 July as its starting point” and then makes a dramatic break in a landscape, a sudden cutting away of the headland, where the names of the dead are inscribed on an inaccessible rock face, separated from the viewer by water.
From the press release (27/02/2014) of KORO/Public Art Norway:
Dahlberg’s concept takes the site at Sørbråten as its point of departure. Here he proposes a wound or a cut within the landscape itself to recreate the physical experience of something being taken away, and to reflect the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died on Utøya. The cut will be a three-and-a-half-metre wide excavation running from the top of the headland at the Sørbråten site to below the waterline and extending to each side. This gap in the landscape will make it impossible to reach the end of the headland.
The Jury considers Dahlberg’s proposal for Sørbråten as artistically highly original and interesting. It is capable of conveying and confronting the trauma and loss that the 22 July events resulted in in a daring way. The proposal is radical and brave, and evokes the tragic events in a physical and direct manner.
The material excavated from the cut at Sørbråten will be used to build the foundation for the temporary memorial at the Government Quarter in Oslo, and will also subsequently serve as the foundation for the permanent memorial there.
Here are the other entries for the July 22 memorials: http://minnesteder.no/en/entries/