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Design contest launched for Poles who saved Jews memorial

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The Remembrance and Future Foundation has launched an international contest for a memorial honouring Poles who saved Jews during the German occupation of Poland

Open to young and experienced architects, designers and artists – the competition seeks proposals for a new monument outside the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

The £500,000 memorial will be expected to express the gratitude of Holocaust survivors, their families and relatives towards Poles who risked their lives to save Jews during the occupation.

According to the brief: ‘The commemoration calls for a unique spatial solution, an innovative formula that would inscribe itself into the existing urban space, and engage it in a characteristic dialogue.

‘The commemoration should express gratitude to all such Poles, including those whose names, for various reasons, we will never learn. The organizer views the commemoration as a focal point of new interpretations in the making and, to the extent possible, inspiration for the future generations.’

The competition is supported by the Polish and International Committees for the Construction of the Commemoration and Polish president Bronisław Komorowski.

Participants may propose any form of artistic expression for the memorial but are advised to avoid ‘literal or figurative representations’.

Five shortlisted teams will receive around £4,300 each and be invited to submit conceptual designs during the competition’s second stage in early 2015. A winner will be announced in April.

Interested teams must submit a request to participate by 8 October. The deadline to submit design proposals for the competition’s first, anonymous stage is 5 December.








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