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Design for Canadian National Holocaust Monument Announced


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), announced on 12 May 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 facing the iconic Canadian War Museum. The official inauguration of the main elements of the monument is scheduled for fall 2015.

"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,” stated John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

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, and 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. 

The National Capital Commission will take on responsibility for the design development, construction and maintenance of the National Holocaust Monument.