jonas dahlberg : memory wound project
Jonas Dahlberg's Memory Wound project is the finalist in Oslo’s July 22 Memorial competition, which sought a memorial to honor the 77 victims of the two separate and solo-operated terrorist attacks that occurred on July 22, 2011. What a beautiful design for so painful a memory for Norway.
Dalhberg's own description: The concept for the Memorial Sørbråten proposes a wound or a cut within nature itself. It reproduces the physical experience of taking away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died. The cut will be a three-and-a-half-meters-wide excavation.
...Visitors begin their experience guided along a wooden pathway through the forest...Then the pathway will flow briefly into a tunnel. This tunnel leads visitors inside of the landscape and to the dramatic edge of the cut itself. Visitors will be on one side of a channel of water created by the cut. Across this channel, on the flat vertical stone surface of the other side, the names of those who died will be visibly inscribed in the stone.
The names will be close enough to see and read clearly—yet ultimately out of reach....It should be difficult to see the beauty of the natural setting, without also experiencing a sense of loss. It is this sense of loss that will physically activate the site. .
(*via Notcot via ArchDaily)