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Design for National Holocaust Monument Announced
Ministers Glover and Baird announce winning design by Toronto Team Lord
May 12, 2014 – Gatineau – Department of Canadian Heritage
The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), are pleased to announce that the design “Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival” presented by Team Lord of Toronto has been selected for the future National Holocaust Monument, which will be located in Ottawa.
Team Lord’s submission was selected from among six finalists who were invited to present their design concepts to a jury of professionals and to the public as part of a national design competition.
The future National Holocaust Monument will be prominently located in the core of Canada’s Capital, at the corner of Wellington and Booth Streets. The monument site faces the iconic Canadian War Museum and will ensure the lessons of the Holocaust remain within the national consciousness. The official inauguration of the main elements of the monument is scheduled for fall 2015.
- The winning team is led by Gail Dexter–Lord, co-president of Lord Cultural Resources, and is composed of:
- Daniel Libeskind, architect
- Edward Burtynsky, artist–photographer
- Claude Cormier, landscape architect
- Doris Bergen, subject-matter advisor
- The winning design is a fully integrated proposal in which architecture, landscape, art and interpretation communicate the hardship and suffering of victims while conveying a powerful message of humanity’s enduring strength and survival.
- The concept depicts a star created by six triangular volumes at each of its points organized around a large gathering space for ceremonies. Each one of these volumes provides a unique theme and ambiance for interpretation, contemplation and artistic expression.
- The National Capital Commission will take on responsibility for the design development, construction and maintenance of the National Holocaust Monument.
“I want to commend all the finalist teams on their outstanding presentations and congratulate the winning design team, Team Lord from Toronto, for presenting a design that is iconic and powerful in its symbolism.”
—The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
“This new landmark in our nation’s capital will encourage people to reflect on the events of the Holocaust, remember the victims and pay tribute to the survivors. It will also be a solemn place for reflection and learning, and an unforgettable experience for Canadians and visitors alike.”
—The Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs
“In 2009, I introduced a private member’s bill (Bill C–442), an Act to Establish a National Holocaust Monument. Today, our Government is announcing the winning design, and, in 2015, we will unveil this new landmark in the Capital region.”
—The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
“On behalf of our multi-disciplinary team, we are deeply honoured to be entrusted with designing the monument to Holocaust victims and survivors, and we are committed to creating a place of meaning and value for all Canadians in our country's capital.”
—Gail Lord, Team lead and co-president of Lord Cultural Resources
National Holocaust Monument – Public invited to view finalists
National Holocaust Monument – Six finalists invited to develop design concepts
Site chosen for National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa
National Holocaust Monument Development Council
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
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