Wall of remembrance for Christchurch

getimage (3)A 150-metre-long marble wall etched with victims’ names is the centerpiece of the official Christchurch earthquake memorial.

But the tribute will not be ready for the fifth anniversary of the quake in February 2016 as initially planned.

Slovenian architect Grega Vezjak’s memorial design – The Memorial Wall – was picked from six shortlisted entries.

It will include a marble wall on the Oxford Tce side of the Avon River, near the Durham St intersection, with a row of trees and a riverside promenade. Cherry trees to honour the Japanese victims were initially suggested but no decision on the species has been made.

A bridge at the end of the promenade will cross to the north bank of the river where a smaller space will provide a contemplative place for families who lost loved ones in the quakes.

The memorial was initially due to be ready by February 2016. It is now scheduled to be finished in 2017 although the contemplative space will be finished by the earlier date.

It will be built using up to $10 million from the Government and $1m from the mayoral relief fund.

Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) memorial development director Rob Kerr said the winning design was the most complex to build, hence the delay.

‘‘Doing it too quickly means that we lose the value of the [grieving] process.’’

Vezjak said it was ‘‘a great responsibility and honour’’ to design the memorial.

‘‘When I started the competition, I didn’t really know about Christchurch except what was in the news. I did a lot of research at home.

Source:

  • Cecile Meier
  • The Press
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