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First look: 7/7 memorial, Hyde Park

This memorial for the 52 victims of the 7 July bombings will be unveiled in Hyde Park today by Prince Charles on the fourth anniversary of the attacks

Carmody Groarke has collaborated with the families of the 52 victims over the last two years, to produce a ‘dignified and tranquil space’. Anthony Gormley, who designed the Angel of the North, was a consultant on the project.

The construction sits in the south-east corner of the park, and consists of 52 roughly textured stainless steel pillars, one for each victim. The pillars are grouped together in bunches of six, seven, 13 and 26 to symbolise the lives lost in the four attacks.

Each of these columns - known as stele from the Greek word for an inscribed memorial stone - is inscribed with the date, location and time of the attack. A plaque on a nearby embankment will hold the names of all the victims.

Andrew Groarke said on the project, ‘there are 52 individual lives being remembered and there is also the sense of radiating collective loss across London and beyond.’

The ceremony on Tuesday (7 July) will be attended by several survivors of the attacks, relatives of the victims, representatives of the emergency services and government ministers. After plans to site the tribute in Tavistock Square, scene of one of the attacks, Hyde Park was selected due to its ‘prominence, history and central location.’

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