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George King sculpture to commemorate Tunisia terror victims

Infinite Wave by George King Architects
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A sculpture by George King Architects has been chosen to commemorate 31 British nationals who lost their lives in two terror attacks in Tunisia

The Infinite Wave memorial, designed by the Gloucester-based practice, will be displayed in Birmingham’s Cannon Hill Park to honour the memory of the British nationals who died at Port El Kantaoui and Tunis in 2015.

George King Architects’ design was selected for the project following consultation with families affected by the atrocities.

The practice hit headlines last year when its controversial Iron Ring proposal for a landmark to commemorate Welsh legends was scrapped by the Welsh government after a petition claimed it was culturally inappropriate.

George King, principal of the practice, said it was ‘wonderful and overwhelming’ to be chosen to design the memorial for the Tunisia victims.

‘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.’

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 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.’

A joint submission by Ian Ritchie Architects and sculptor Tim Morgan was chosen as the reserve design concept and may be called upon if the winning sculpture is unable to be used for any reason.

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