This is the winning proposal to commemorate the victims of Norway’s July 22 massacre, the 2011 attack in which 77 people died after far-right militant Anders Breivik bombed an Oslo government building before committing a mass shooting on the island of Utøya.
The artist Jonas Dahlberg won the competition to build a memorial to the Utøya victims by proposing a permanent cut in the headland at Sørbråten, which overlooks the island.
The judges unanimously backed his proposal to create a cut that will “recreate the physical experience of something being taken away” while also reflecting “the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died on Utøya”.
Visitors will be able to access the cutting and see the names of those who died, which will be engraved on the opposite side of the excavation.
The cut will be three-and-a-half-metres wide and will make it impossible to reach the end of the headland. Earth removed from the excavation will be taken to Oslo and used to build the foundation for a memorial to the government workers who died in the capital city.
The judges concluded that Dahlberg’s proposal is “radical and brave, and evokes the tragic events in a physical and direct manner”.