Saturday, 28 June 2008

Bali Memorial, London

Following on from the Fiona Banner Full Stops outside City Hall, I discovered another spherical piece worth mentioning. I’m not sure that one should describe a memorial sculpture as an art work but it is difficult to label it otherwise.

The Bali Memorial is a few metres away from Horse Guards Parade at the bottom of Clive Steps and commemorates the victims of the 2002 bombings.

The marble globe is engraved with 202 doves representing the victims of the blast, The curved stone wall behind lists the names and ages of all those who lost their lives including 28 Britons.

It was officially opened on the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attack by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in a ceremony attended by survivors, relatives of the victims and representatives from the 21 nations who lost citizens.

The 1.5 metre memorial globe is the work of artists Garry Breeze and Martin Cook and took nine months to complete. The inscription surrounding the base of the globe reads “YOU WERE ROBBED OF LIFE YOUR SPIRIT ENRICHES OURS”.

If you are visiting the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms or are in the area of St James’s Park, take a few moments to visit this permanent memorial. It is a simple yet poignant reminder.

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