Norway to remember victims of Utoya massacre with poignant memorial

Almost three years ago, Anders Breivik committed the worst mass shooting in living memory, killing 77 people in Norway.

The proposed memorial by Jonas Dahlberg

The country now has plans to create a powerful memorial to the victims of this tragedy.

Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg is set to lead the project, with a design that is more land art than architecture.

He proposes creating a gap in the landscape to symbolise "a wound or a cut within nature itself".

Dahlberg explained the idea came to him during his first visit to the island.

"I noticed how different the feeling was of walking outside in nature, compared to the feeling of walking through the rooms of the main building," he explains in a statement.

"The experience of seeing the vacant rooms and the traces of extreme violence brought me — and others around me — to a state of profound sadness."

But outside, he said, things felt different, as though nature was already in regeneration.

As a result, his idea was not to build a monument or structure, but to focus on the landscape.

The walls of the slice will feature the names of those who died in the attacks, inscribed into smooth stone.

Dahlberg explained: "The names will be close enough to see and read clearly, yet ultimately out of reach."

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