On July 22, 2011, a gunman detonated a car bomb in Oslo, killing eight people and injuring 209, and then attacked a summer camp on the island of Utoya, killing 69 people and injuring at least 110. Nearly three years later, Norway has unveiled plans for a memorial that will commemorate the victims of one of the worst mass killings in modern history.
Memory Wound, by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg, "takes the emptiness and traces of the tragic events of 22 July as its starting point," according to the jury that selected Dahlberg's proposal for the memorial. His plan will slice out a three-and-a-half-metre section of land near the Utoya, symbolizing a "cut within nature itself," Dahlberg writes. "It reproduces the physical experience of taking away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died." One side of the cut will be engraved with the names of the victims, which visitors will be able to see from an observation area on the other side.
Rubble from the excavation will be integrated into the foundation of a memorial in Oslo marking the spot where the car bomb was detonated.
"This experience hopes to bring visitors to a state of reflection through a poetic rupture or interruption," Dahlberg writes of the memorial. "It should be difficult to see the inherent beauty of the natural setting, without also experiencing a sense of loss."
Click through the gallery above for more renderings of the memorial.
And for another response to the tragedy, take a look at this series of powerful photos of survivors of the attack from last year.