Norway plans to cut a peninsula off of the mainland in memory of the 77 killed in 2011 attacks [4 pics]
On July 22, 2011, Anders Behring Breivik mercilessly killed 77 people and injured another 158 in successive attacks. It was a terrifying day, especially for the children on the island of Utøya, as recounted in the haunting GQ article, ”Is he coming? Is he? Oh God, I think he is.” It was the bloodiest day in Norwegian history since WWII.
To memorialize that tragic day, the Norwegian government recently approved a stunning design proposal from Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg. The proposed work, depicted below, calls for an 11-foot gash to be cut through a small peninsula near Utøya, permanently separating a small piece of earth from the mainland. A visitor viewing area will be established on the mainland side, and the names of the victims from that day will be engraved on the far wall—11 feet away.
“The names will be close enough to see and read clearly, yet ultimately out of reach. This cut is an acknowledgement of what is forever irreplaceable,” says Dahlberg.