Public invited to view final concepts for National Holocaust Monument

Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, have invited the public to view the six final design concepts for the future National Holocaust Monument, which will be located in Ottawa. 

The public viewing will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm in the lobby of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The public is invited to come meet the design teams and share their comments on the designs.

A seven-member jury composed of accomplished professionals in the fields of art and urban design, a Holocaust survivor, and representation from the National Holocaust Monument Development Council will recommend the winning design team to the Government of Canada. Comments from the public will be shared with the jury prior to making the final recommendation to the Government of Canada.

In May 2013, teams of professional artists, architects, landscape architects and other design professionals were invited to submit their credentials and examples of prior work in the first stage of a two-phase design competition.

Six teams were chosen to move forward to develop monument concepts as part of the competition’s second phase. They are as follows:

*Architect and urban designer Hossein Amanat, artist Esther Shalev-Gerz, landscape architect Daniel Roehr, architect and project manager Robert Kleyn, and architect David Lieberman (Vancouver, BC).

*Leslie M. Klein of Quadrangle Architects, Jeffrey Craft of SWA Group, Alan Schwartz of Terraplan, artist Yael Bartana, artist Susan Philipsz, artist Chen Tamir, and Holocaust scholars Dr. Debórah Dwork and Jeffrey Koerber (Toronto, Ontario).

*Museum planner Gail Lord, architect Daniel Libeskind, artist Edward Burtynsky, landscape architect Claude Cormier, and Holocaust scholar Dr. Doris Berger (Toronto, Ontario).

*Gilles Saucier of Saucier+Perrotte and artist Marie-France Brière (Montreal, Quebec).

*Art historian and curator Irene Szylinger, architect David Adjaye, artist/architect Ron Arad (Toronto, Ontario/London, UK).

*Artist Krzysztof Wodiczko and architect Julian Bonder (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

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. The official inauguration of the main elements of the monument is scheduled for fall 2015.

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