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Landscape memorial to Breivik victims sparks outrage in Norway

Published on Mar 19, 2014 10:36 AM
A model of Memory Wound, the winning entry for the memorial by the Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg depicting a 3.5 metre wide slit into the Sorbraten peninsula, which faces the island of Utoya, where Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 people. -- PHOTO: AFP 

OSLO (AFP) - A controversial memorial project for the victims of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik near the site of the massacre has sparked anger among relatives and locals.

Called "Memory Wound", the project by Swedish landscape artist Jonas Dahlber carves a three-and-half meter wide slit through a small peninsula facing the island of Utoeya, where the right-wing extremist killed 69 people, mostly teenagers, on July 22, 2011.

Names of the victims would be engraved into one side of the peninsula's symbolic wound, with a observation gallery installed into the facade on the opposite side.

The jury which selected the proposal describe it as "a wound or a cut within the landscape" which symbolises "something being taken away".

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