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Fri Mar 7, 2014, 04:58 PM Mar 2014

Do you support the memorial for the Norwegian massacre victims? [View all]

Creating A 'Memory Wound' To Recall Those Who Were Lost

If you've had a chance to visit the September 11 memorials at Ground Zero in Manhattan, the Pentagon and western Pennsylvania — or perhaps have been to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. — then you have a sense of the powerful emotions that such places can stir up.

This week, the design was chosen for a memorial to the victims of the July 22, 2011, attacks in Norway that left 77 people dead and several hundred more wounded. Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg's vision for what's being called a "memory wound" seems likely to join the list of such memorials that evoke strong feelings.

Dahlberg's concept cuts a channel through Utoya Island, where 69 of the victims — most of them young people attending a political camp — were shot and killed by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik.

The architecture site DesignBoom.com writes that in Dahberg's design:

"Visitors are guided along a wooden pathway through the forest, creating a contemplative journey to the site of the cut. A pathway traverses into a tunnel, leading within the rocky landscape directly to the dramatic edge of the void.
"At the border ... [visitors] can see the flat vertical stone surface of the other side, where the names of those who died will be visibly inscribed into the terrain. The names will be close enough to read clearly yet ultimately out of reach, an acknowledgement of what is forever irreplaceable."


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Yes, I support this memorial.
11 (92%)
No, I do not support this memorial.
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I'm curious, is your wording deliberate? Brickbat Mar 2014 #1
I would like some kind of memorial, but with a different design shenmue Mar 2014 #2
Not the method I would have chosen, but Blue_Tires Mar 2014 #3
Really Yo_Mama Mar 2014 #32
No, I do not. Oakenshield Mar 2014 #4
The memorial is to the victims not the murderer. Lex Mar 2014 #34
The memorial represents the tragedy that took place. Oakenshield Mar 2014 #36
So...how you were killed decides whether or not you should have a memorial? Lex Mar 2014 #37
I've said my piece. Oakenshield Mar 2014 #38
Nonsensical reply Lex Mar 2014 #44
As we've seen from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial... WorseBeforeBetter Mar 2014 #5
I don't think it's any of our business what Norway designs and builds. sinkingfeeling Mar 2014 #6
This. Happyhippychick Mar 2014 #7
That bigwillq Mar 2014 #9
thank you! CTyankee Mar 2014 #10
That is my opinion too. LiberalFighter Mar 2014 #11
I agree. smokey nj Mar 2014 #14
+6 pintobean Mar 2014 #17
I know it isn't. GeorgeGist Mar 2014 #22
Exactly. (nt) scarletwoman Mar 2014 #31
I support it and I like the design. bigwillq Mar 2014 #8
i agree with that 100% CreekDog Mar 2014 #16
... Boom Sound 416 Mar 2014 #24
real courageous post there CreekDog Mar 2014 #28
"Support" seems like an odd word cyberswede Mar 2014 #12
I think some may not support the idea bigwillq Mar 2014 #15
the earth firsters really crack me up on this issue Pretzel_Warrior Mar 2014 #13
True, they'd have to be more upset at the cutting into mountains treestar Mar 2014 #20
One correction: the site isn't on the island, it's on the facing headland peninsula. nt pinboy3niner Mar 2014 #39
Thanks. I stand corrected. Pretzel_Warrior Mar 2014 #40
Don't know whether I "support" it, I'm not Norwegian... countryjake Mar 2014 #18
If they want it, they should do it treestar Mar 2014 #19
No quinnox Mar 2014 #21
No memorials for victims? What should memorials be for? I know, let's FSogol Mar 2014 #29
DU tends to draw lots of contrarian folks, I guess Pretzel_Warrior Mar 2014 #41
There's contrarian and there's anti social CreekDog Mar 2014 #42
Very true. n/t FSogol Mar 2014 #43
Whatever works for them... penultimate Mar 2014 #23
Support it? FreeJoe Mar 2014 #25
I think that is for the people of Norway to decide Skittles Mar 2014 #26
+ struggle4progress Mar 2014 #35
This message was self-deleted by its author 30cal Mar 2014 #27
Why in the world would you think it's our business to "support" it or not? scarletwoman Mar 2014 #30
If it brings healing to the families and friends, yes. Not my decision. uppityperson Mar 2014 #33
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