The ‘Infinite Wave’ by London and Gloucester-based George King Architects has been selected as the design for the memorial dedicated to the 31 British nationals who lost their lives, and to all of those affected by the 2 terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015.
An independent panel shortlisted 7 designs from 19 entries, and chose ‘Infinite Wave’ following consultation with family members of those affected by the 2 attacks.
As announced last year, the sculpture will be located in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, and construction is due to be completed later on this year.
The panel selected ‘Infinite Wave’ due to its beautiful flow and clever use of the natural environment, as well as positive feedback from family members.
Announcing the winning design, Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister for North Africa, Alistair Burt said:
For those who lost loved ones or witnessed the horrendous terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015, resulting in 31 Britons being killed, their lives have never been the same since because of these cowardly acts of terror.
I know several families have tried to ensure something good comes out of these terrible events, such as raising money for charity, or improving awareness of extremism in their community and they should be commended for their positivity.
I hope that ‘Infinite Wave’ with its beautiful surroundings in Cannon Hill Park, will provide a focal point of tranquillity for families to reflect and remember their loved ones.
Chair of the Creative Panel, Mark Castle, CEO, Victim Support, said:
The panel were only too aware of the significant responsibility to find a design that is not only stunning to look at, but also one that families can connect with.
We knew going into this process that we had a difficult task but the on-line design consultation with families revealed that George King’s concept resonated with many people affected by these terrible events.
I think the appeal is not only because of the beautiful flow of the sculpture, and its clever use of the natural environment, but because the single tube of steel in George King’s concept shows how the people affected by these terrible events are intrinsically linked.
Suzy Richards, who lost 3 members of her family in the attack said:
I chose the infinity design because to me it represents never ending loss and pain of losing 3 generations of my family. My son Joel was just 19, my brother Adrian at 49, and my dad Pat, 79. It also represents our never ending love and beautiful memories we treasure.
George King, Principal of George King Architects said:
It is wonderful and overwhelming to be chosen to design this memorial. We put the families and their experiences very much at the heart of this concept and didn’t want to gloss over the immense pain they have been and continue to go through.
We came up with ‘Infinite Wave’ to show how time stood still for victims on the day of the attacks and designed the surrounding landscape as a series of ripples.
The ripples represent the impact that the events in Tunisia in 2015 had beyond those that lost their lives. They represent the survivors, the families of the victims, the local communities, the national heartache and the global loss.
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Parks at Birmingham City Council, said:
I am pleased that the memory of those involved in these tragic events will be remembered in such a thoughtful way in Cannon Hill Park.
This is an important memorial and we believe the designers have paid respect to the beautiful park and that the successful design ‘Infinite Wave’, will enhance the natural environment.
We hope that, as well as providing a place of reflection for all of those affected by these horrific events, the site will also be appreciated and used by more regular park visitors.