• Norway's news in English
 

Swedish artist's 'memory wound' to mark Utøya

Published: 28 Feb 2014 10:29 GMT+01:00

Three designs by Jonas Dahlberg were on Thursday selected by a panel of experts as the official memorials to the 77 people who died and 319 who were injured by Breivik's twin attacks in 2011. 
 
The first memorial -- titled 'Memory Wound' -- will be excavated on the peninsular of Sørbråten, which juts out from into the Tyrifjorden lake towards the island of Utøya, where Breivik launched a gun massacre of  teens and young adults attending an annual Labour Party youth camp.
 
For the memorial, Dahlberg proposes cutting a one thousand cubic meter slice out of the rock, leaving a permanent scar on the landscape.  The rubble collected will then be taken to the site where Breivik detonated a bomb in central Oslo, where it will be used first to build a temporary memorial walk, and then later form part a permanent amphitheatre, titled "Time and Movement". 
 
In its statement announcing the award, the jury praised Dahlberg's "radical and courageous" design. 
 
"The jury perceives Dahl's proposal for Sørbråten as artistically very original and interesting," it said. "It is able to communicate and confront the trauma and loss that occurred after 22 July in a bold way." 
 
The installation is described in Dahlberg's proposal as "a cut within nature reflecting the physical and emotional experience of abrupt and permanent loss". 
 
"I noticed how big a difference it was to be either inside the main building at Utøya or to wander around the countryside outside," Dahlberg told Norway's NRK channel. "Inside it was still like an open wound, while outdoors it was as if nature had already begun the healing process, even in places where several people had been killed." 
 
"Then I thought that making a wound in nature that we can never heal would be a different idea," he said.  
 
Dahlberg's proposal won out against 300 entries from 46 countries in a competition managed by the Norwegian public art body Koro. 
 
"This is my biggest and arguably most important mission ever," Dahlberg said after winning the commission. 
 
John Hestnes, a representative of the 22 July national support group, said Dahlberg's proposal had stood out from the other eight finalists. 
 
"It hit me as soon as I saw it, especially the way the wound was made," he said. "It will be a little heavy, it will sting a bit."
 
Here is an image of how the Memory Wound memorial will look, with the island of Utøya visible to the left: 
 
 
This is how the memorial walk will look: 
 
 
And finally, this is Dahlberg's plan for the memorial amphitheatre: 
 

The Local (news@thelocal.no)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Video
 Norway town breaks book domino record
The books laid out in Tvedestrand's sports hall. Photo: Screen Grab

Norway town breaks book domino record

A small town in Norway has broken the Guinness world record for the longest chain of books toppled as dominos. READ  

Charged NGO's allies slam Norway in UN
Professor Jean-François Fechino from International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights criticises Norway's actions on the floor of the UN. Photo: GNRD

Charged NGO's allies slam Norway in UN

The Stavanger-based NGO accused of money-laundering has hit back, denouncing Norway for acting like “a totalitarian regime” during a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. READ  

Norwegians use steroids to get 'summer body'
Norwegian customs agents made a huge steroids haul at the Swedish border this year. Photo: Norwegian customs

Norwegians use steroids to get 'summer body'

Norwegian customs officials are blaming the desire for the perfect summer body for a massive leap in the quantities of illegal anabolic steroids and testosterone seized. READ  

92-yr-old absconds from nursing home with lover
The Vilberg nursing home in Eidsvold. Photo: Eidsvoll Municipality

92-yr-old absconds from nursing home with lover

The search for a 92-year-old woman who vanished from a nursing home in Norway has been called off after it turned out she had absconded with her Swedish lover. READ  

Sunday shopping 'breaks Norway constitution'
Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien. Photo: Church of Norway

Sunday shopping 'breaks Norway constitution'

Norway’s most senior bishop has declared that allowing shops to open on Sundays would violate the country’s constitution. READ  

Norway police pic sends temperatures soaring
Norwegian traffic police as photographed in 2010, and as photoshopped lust objects. Photo: Toni Kaarttinen/Flickr

Norway police pic sends temperatures soaring

They may not be armed but they’re certainly packing! A photo purporting to show a trio of buff Norwegian traffic police in their summer uniform has spread like wildfire across social media. READ  

'Eco homes cause asthma': Norway group
Passive terrace houses in Grimstad Norway built in cooperation with the Rockwool company. Photo: Rockwool Scandinavia

'Eco homes cause asthma': Norway group

Norway’s largest association for asthma and allergy sufferers has warned that new carbon neutral building regulations may lead to an increase in breathing disorders and allergies. READ  

Breivik takes Norway to court on human rights
Anders Behring Breivik during his trial in 2012. Photo: Haakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix

Breivik takes Norway to court on human rights

Anti-Islamist terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has taken legal action against the Norwegian state claiming his four years of "extreme isolation" in prison is a violation of his human rights. READ  

Two Norwegians held after Israel ship siege
The Ship to Gaza trawler at the Israeli port of Ashdod. Photo: Ship to Gaza

Two Norwegians held after Israel ship siege

Israeli authorities are holding two Norwegian citizens after their ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip was boarded in international waters by the Israeli military. READ  

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease
A biopsy of a small bowel afflicted by coeliac disease. Photo: ToNToNi/Wikimedia Commons

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease

Norwegian scientists have discovered the cause of coeliac disease, the auto-immune disorder which causes gluten intolerance in about one in a hundred people READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Oslo is the crystal meth capital of Europe
Sport
VIDEO: Man in Norway catches fish too big for boat
Bupa
Sponsored Article
Healthcare: 9 questions every expat should ask
International
'Snowden could come to Norway to collect prize'
Technology
Oslo builds world's first bumblebee highway
Culture
World’s biggest elk statue arrives in Oslo
Norway's men soon to be among Europe's fattest
National
Muslims form 'ring of peace' at synagogue
Business & Money
Schumacher's Norway retreat sold for $3m
National
King Harald visits Antarctic namesake
Culture
Norwegians streak the streets of Berlin
Culture
Norway couple find love on word game app
International
Norwegian chef wins world's top food prize
Politics
Solberg: The fight for freedom isn't won
National
Gaza doc named Norway's person of year
National
Norway extends Russian military freeze
National
Kjell Inge Røkke tops Norway's Rich List
International
Surprise! Norway priciest for home comforts
National
Norway terror attacks to become TV drama
International
Malala: Youngest ever Nobel Peace Laureate
National
Norway celebrates 25 years of Sami politics
Business & Money
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
International
Norway best country for older people
National
Muslim centre wanted on site of Munch Museum
International
Norway to send military staff in fight against IS
National
Father warns Breivik 'more extreme than ever'
National
Four-year-old Norway girl sleepwalks 4km
Travel
Cruise line offers Northern Lights promise
National
10-tonne shark found dead off Norway coast
International
'If Snowden wins Nobel Prize, arrest him!': MP
Culture
VIDEO: Swim ace does 'Pool Rubik's Challenge'
National
Norwegian man in 7,000 litre 'Ice Truck Challenge'
Society
Norwegian brewery pulls 'fart-smelling' beer
Sport
Ødegaard: Norway's youngest player ever
National
Miracle cat survives 20 gunshots in Norway
National
Second death within hours at Chess Olympics
National
Norway and Sweden mark 200 years of peace
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

2,146
jobs available