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Wounded landscape: how Norway is remembering its 2011 Utøya massacre


Artist Jonas Dahlberg has been chosen to create three memorials, one of which cuts a 3.5m slit in the landscape, to remember the victims of Anders Behring Breivik

Wounded landscape: how Norway is remembering its 2011 Utøya massacre | Art and design | theguardian.com

Wounded landscape: how Norway is remembering its 2011 Utøya massacre | Art and design | theguardian.com

Wounded landscape: how Norway is remembering its 2011 Utøya massacre | Art and design | theguardian.com

Wounded landscape: how Norway is remembering its 2011 Utøya massacre | Art and design | theguardian.com

"It is a big responsibility and in many ways the most important work I have done," Dahlberg told the Guardian. "I was already honoured to be considered when I was invited to be in the competition, so to have won now is a bit hard to grasp."

The Swedish artist, who lives and works in Stockholm, said he hoped the memorial would provide a state of reflection through its "poetic rupture". He said: "It should be difficult to see the inherent beauty of the setting, without also experiencing a sense of loss. It is this sense of loss that will physically activate the site."

The headland of the Sørbråten memorial will be engraved with names of all the victims; visitors will be able to read them but not reach to touch them. "People will find their own way through the landscape around the cut," said Dahlberg, "looking down at the channel and at the victims' names from high up, or looking out to Utøya, establishing their own private ways of seeing and remembering."

It said: "The void that is created evokes the sense of sudden loss combined with the long-term missing and remembrance of those who perished. The proposal is radical and brave, and evokes the tragic events in a physical and direct manner."

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