“Here’s the winning design for the victims of communism memorial in Ottawa Memorial to be built on west side of Garden of Provinces and Territories”

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This is an interesting twist in our survey of post-communist, Baltic and Balkan landscapes. Most actions we have witnessed in cities like Mostar and Riga are about isolating opposing monuments, or defacing them, or somehow reinforcing their one-sided messages. More problematic would be to create precisely this kind of monument, where a collective memorial would stand for an abstract and or generic victimisation. Just how this came about in Canada, is worth taking a closer look to discover. By the way, the above image is not the winning image. its just the one I preferred among the set previewed in the article.

“The winning design for a memorial to the victims of communism in downtown Ottawa has been chosen.

Toronto architect and artist Paul Raff created the design with Michael A. Ormston-Holloway, a designer and certified arborist, and landscape architects Brett Hoornaert and Luke Kairys.

“The design is a broad, sweeping, arcing form, moving from east to west, and it’s made up of more than 4,000 individual bronze rods,” Raff said in an interview Wednesday morning following the announcement.

“Each one points at the sun in the sky, one successive hour of the day, every day of the year. So it actually forms a three-dimensional calendar, which memorializes every moment of the vast millions of moments of suffering of victims. But it also expresses resilience and hope.”

The announcement was made by Arif Virani, parliamentary secretary to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, at the Canadian Museum of History.”

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