Swedish artist’s ‘memory wound’ to mark Utøya

A Swedish artist will tear a "radical and courageous" scar into a rocky outpost in the fjord where 69 young Norwegians were murdered by right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik in 2011.

Swedish artist's 'memory wound' to mark Utøya
Memory Wound by Jonas Dahlberg -- Source: Jonas Dahlberg
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: 

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 

Find out what's going on in Norway on Tuesday with The Local's short roundup of important news.

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday 
Oslo Operahus .Photo by Arvid Malde on Unsplash

Only one in ten Norwegians plan to travel abroad this summer 

Around ten percent of people in Norway are planning to take a holiday abroad this summer, according to a survey carried out by tourism organisation NHO Reiseliv.

Seven out of ten respondents said they still plan to holiday in Norway this year, even if they receive a vaccination before the holidays start.

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Viken and Vestland are this year’s most popular travel destinations for Norwegians planning a “staycation”. Young people were the most likely to want to remain in Norway this summer. Just under half of those aged between 18 and 29 said they wished to stay in Norway this summer. 

Third of Utøya survivors have received abuse or threats

A third of Utøya survivors have been victims of hate speech or received threats, according to a new survey. 

Three-quarters of respondents said that the reason they received the abuse was linked directly to the Utøya terror attack, the Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Studies (NKVTS) found. 

The massacre on Utøya was the second of two terror attacks carried out by Anders Breivik on July 22nd, 2011. Of the 69 people who died in the attack, 32 were under the age of 18. 

Fewer in Oslo willing to ditch cars 

A climate survey carried out by the city of Oslo has shown that fewer people than before are willing to cut back on using their cars. The proportion of those who think that Oslo city centre should be car-free has fallen to 45 percent from 52 percent last year. 

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When asked whether Oslo City Council had gone too far in removing cars from the city centre, almost half said that they believed that this was the case. 

“A change in the attitude around these measures may be due to more people feeling dependent on cars during the pandemic. There has been a lot of debate about measures that have been introduced or are planned to be introduced,” Heidi Sørensen, Director of the Climate Agency, told the Dagsavisen newspaper

Tighter Coronavirus measures in Trondheim 

Gyms, museums and swimming pools have been closed, and alcohol service in hospitality has been stopped in Trondheim. The new measures come barely a week after restrictions were last tightened. 

“We need to shut down most of Trondheim to get control. It is only days since we last tightened measures, but we are in a situation where we must take even stronger action,” Morten Wolden, the municipal director for Trondheim, told state broadcaster NRK.

Norway reports 292 new Covid-19 cases

On Monday, 292 new coronavirus infections were registered in Norway. This is a drop of 52 compared to the seven-day average of 344. 

In Oslo, 48 cases were recorded, an increase of two on the capital’s seven day average of 46. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 1.0. This means that every ten people that are infected, will, on average, only infect another ten people, indicating that the infection level is stable. 

Total number of Covid-19 cases so far. Source: NIPH