Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending a public consultation organized by the Department of Canadian Heritage to view the design concepts of the six finalists for the creation of the National Memorial to Victims of Communism: Canada, a Land of Refuge. Each finalist presented a concept board, a maquette, and a sample of materials, as well as other visual aids like digital walk-throughs. We had the opportunity to discuss the entries with each design team, as well as with each other. We were encouraged to share our thoughts and comments in writing with the jury. With a room full of architects, heritage professionals and enthusiasts, landscape architects, and members of the public, a very lively discussions broke out.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to have viewed these exciting designs, and am looking forward to the announcement of the winner in the Fall. The memorial will pay tribute to the over 100 million victims of Communist regimes, and will surely provide visitors and citizens of Ottawa with increased awareness of the crimes of communism, and a reflection of what our country has done to provide refuge to many who came here to escape these regimes.
I invite you to view the images and concepts of these remarkable designs, and to discuss them in our comments section!