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Canada launches contest for monument to victims of communism

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The Department of Canadian Heritage has launched an open international design contest for a new monument to the victims of communism

The high-profile Ottawa landmark will honour Canada’s role in welcoming millions of refugees from communist regimes.

The £1 million project is planned for a prominent 5,000m² plot on the capital’s Confederation Boulevard close to the Supreme Court of Canada (pictured) and national library and archives.

The brief seeks a ‘solemn place’ and ‘moving and thought-provoking monument’ which will serve as a testament to both victims and refugees.

Around eight million Canadians trace their roots to former or current communist countries – according to the competition organiser.

Planned to open in 2015, the icon will be a visitor attraction and also used for official ceremonies.

Minister of Canadian heritage Shelly Glover said: ‘This monument will be a lasting symbol of the hardship endured by millions under communist rule and a tribute to those who risked so much to reach the safety of Canada, where freedom, democracy and the rule of law are cherished.’

The competition’s first stage requires interested participants to submit their professional credentials alongside examples of completed work.

To be eligible design teams must include at least one architect or landscape architect legally licensed to provide services in the province of Ontario.

Six teams will then be shortlisted and invited to develop design concepts for the high-profile landmark.

Finalists will receive a £5,500 honorarium and the winner will be awarded a £140,000 design contract for the installation.

The deadline for submissions is 2 May and a winner will be announced in early September.

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