Published On: Mon, May 26th, 2014

Daniel Libeskind to Design Canadian National Holocaust Monument

The designer of Jewish museums and other Jewish projects around the world will now build a new Holocaust memorial.

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It was announced last week that world famous architect and master planner of the new World Trade Center in New York, Daniel Libeskind, has been selected to create Canada’s new National Holocaust Monument.

The monument, to be located in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, will look like an elongated Star of David with six points reminiscent of Libeskind’s Berlin Jewish Museum. It will be characterized by open triangular spaces adorned with images of Holocaust victims. Each triangle will be made of large concrete pillars through which visitors will walk as they look at the various imagery.

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It will be called Loss, Memory and Survival and be located opposite the Canadian War museum in the heart of that nation’s capital. The monument is meant to be a place where people can congregate as they contemplate the Holocaust.

In a statement, Libeskind said, “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.”

Scheduled to be opened at the end of 2015, the monument is expected to cost $8.5 million.

The design team will include the artist Edward Burtynsky and be led by museum planner Gail Dexter Lord. Lord said, “We are deeply honored to be entrusted with designing the monument to Holocaust victims and survivors, and we are committed to creating a place of meaning and value for all Canadians in our country’s capital.”

The Canadian Foreign Minister, John Baird, said in a statement, “This new landmark in our nation’s capital will encourage people to reflect on the events of the Holocaust, remember the victims and pay tribute to the survivors. It will also be a solemn place for reflection and learning, and an unforgettable experience for Canadians and visitors alike.”

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Daniel Libeskind is a Polish born architect, artists and founder of Studio Daniel Libeskind who moved with his family to new York when he was thirteen years old. He has designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Grand Canal Theater in Dublin, The Imperial War Museum in Manchester and the Wohl Center at Barl Ilan University in Israel.

Having begun as a professor of architecture, Libeskind, 67, lectured at universities around the world. He first began working as an architect when he was already in his forties after entering a competition in Milan.

He is the son of Holocaust survivors.

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