Memorial SIte - State of play Nov 2007
Those who were not able to attend the 8th November meeting at Battersea will be surprised to learn that there have been major developments in the memorial project.
Less than two days before the meeting the DCMS (Department for culture, media and sport) responded to the growing pressure for an alternative site to
It is a triangle surrounded by trees, between the Houses of Parliament, Millbank,
What does this mean for the memorial project? Well, for one thing, it is a very different sort of space compared to the
What is proposed in
It would have to be an ambitious piece of work – we would, after all, be trying to compete with Rodin. Presumably if the DCMS can come up with
There was general agreement that the vote for Battersea was based on a false premise, and that next time we would have to reach the wider tsunami community for a genuine mandate.
So, in a way, we are back at the start but not the original square one. The
Comments added to this piece:
Dear Robert (Brewster) and everyone,
Thank you for all your efforts and for organising the meeting on the 8th of November. The old English Garden is indeed pretty and the proposed white flowers/plants would improve the garden itself. But having said that I do not feel that the" Garden" at Battersea Park, tucked away, is a suitable venue for a Memorial of a disaster of such magnitude. On the other hand I don't think you could find a more suitable or prestigious site than Victoria Gardens, adjacent to the Houses of Parliament for what was an International tragedy. Obviously it all depends on what sort of memorial would be allowed. I noticed that at the far end of the garden was a rather run-down playground with an old plastic slide and a few swings, well past their sell by date. Perhaps, this could be updated, with the memorial + flowers and benches ? If allowed I would recommend a competition for the best design/sculpture ? Anyway these are our thoughts and we would be interested in other points of view. Kind regards to all, Andy and Mireille
I read your article on the website and I think it covers things well. The issue of having different purposes for the 2 sites comes across clearly and that is really the thing to look at when choosing the final site. I agree wholeheartedly with the view expressed by Mireille and Andy.Thank you for your eloquent expression. Warm regards Tal
Paul and I just want to echo Tal's sentiments. We feel quite strongly about this. Speaking to friends and family they feel the same and have offered to support our views by writing to the DCMS if required. With kind regards to all. Yvette Bent