Gedenkstätte für Tsunami-Opfer Wettbewerb | Norwegen

Numerous, far reaching segments of concrete stretch like “stranded goods“ across the land, the sea, the shore and the woods. The dynamic arrangement of these segments suggests that they were washed ashore and left behind. With the utmost possible speed this natural distare arrived and left distinctive footprints. These will remain, survive the time and become inextinguishable. The remaining traces are reflected by the verticality and length of the discs of concrete. The
vast extent of the sculptural disc elements reflects the extent of the disaster.


The segments create a new special situation which allows the human to move on, to pass or to linger. The single elements resemble each other in their basic design, but they vary concerning their development of height. At the shore the disks run into the water and they accompany the people directly to the water or lead them past. Ashore they meander through the trees and bushes and guide the visitor through. The discs differ completely in distance. Convex sides lean towards other convex sides or away from concave sides. The endings of the discs run into the water, keep a passage open in front of other discs, block the path or they make up bundles. Coming from different directions they run towards the same spot or open up in opposed directions. That way narrow and open space arises. The segments block or clear the view. They accompany, concentrate, constrict, divide, open, lead to the sea or they refuse the access to single points. They describe the landscape in which they are embedded and which is invariably part of the composition.

According to the different characters of the people the location offers different qualities of a spatial experience. The notional directness yields the visitor to remind and to commemorate the victims of the flood disaster or go through the memorial. A contemplative and meditative pedaling is possible. The meeting with the nature and the sea is possible. Some visitors will look for the loneliness and will find a place of silence. Another one will follow consciously the different
paths and discover the diversity of sculptured images in the changing landscape.

The discs of concrete become architectural sculptures. They are integrated into the landscape. They are exposed to nature, touch the land and the water and are part of the wood. The nature will leave marks upon the slightly rough surface of the concrete. The warm beige-brown pigment will symbolically superelevate the material and those it will get rid of its construction material’s appearance.