OTTAWA, ON – Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, along with Minister of State (Multiculturalism) Tim Uppal announced on May 12, 2014, the awarding of the National Holocaust Monument National Design Competition to the team led by Lord Cultural Resources.
"I am humbled by this opportunity to create a memorial for the people of Canada,” said Daniel Libeskind.“Through the transformative power of architecture, I believe this monument will become an important place for memory, remembrance and the celebration of the resilience of the human spirit," added Libeskind."I am thrilled to be working with this incredible multi-disciplinary team," said Dov Goldstein, Lord Cultural Resources Principal Consultant and Project Manager.The Monument is conceived as an experiential environment comprised of six triangular, concrete volumes configured to create the points of a star.The star remains the visual symbol of the Holocaust – a symbol that millions of Jews were forced to wear by the Nazi’s to identify them as Jews, exclude them from humanity and mark them for extermination.
The triangular spaces are representative of the badges the Nazi’s and their collaborators used to label homosexuals, Roma-Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses and political and religious prisoners for murder.
Original, large scale monochromatic photographic landscapes of Holocaust sites – death camps, killing fields and forests – will be imbedded in the concrete walls of each of the triangular spaces.
These photographic installations will change with the light and with the movement of the viewer.
Surrounding the spaces, a forest composed of various coniferous trees will emerge from the rocky pebbled ground.
This landscape will evolve over time representative of how Canadian survivors and their children have contributed to Canada.
The National Holocaust Monument will be a place of memory and mourning, honouring and commemorating, a space for questioning and learning.