Sousse and Bardo Memorial (2017)

The Sousse Bardo Memorial forms an integrated landscape within the tranquil setting of Cannon Hill Park. The primary materials of the memorial are derived from sand, a substance of impermanence. However, within the memorial the flow of this transient substance will be fixed to form a place of reflection and remembrance.

The process of solidifying sand will be undertaken through two parallel processes, one involving water and the other heat. A series of solid blocks will be formed by hydrating a mixture of sand, local aggregate and cement to form a vast interconnected landscape of individual elements, echoing the many families and individuals that have been impacted by the attacks. Rising from the central plateau is a cluster of sixty cast glass elements, marking the individual lives lost at Sousse and Bardo.

Location: Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, UK

Client: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Lead Consultant / Structural and Services Engineer: Arup

Landscape Architect: Churchman Landscape Architects

Cost Consultant: Equals

Project Status: competition shorlist

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