Canadians Invited To View Five Designs For National Monument To Afghan Mission

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Design from Team Hapa. Pic: Government of Canada

OTTAWA: Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, are inviting Canadians to view the five design concepts for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan and share their views.

In 2019, teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects and other urban design professionals were invited to present their credentials to design the monument.

Veterans Affairs Canada later held consultations with families and experts on design considerations for the monument. Last August, the government announced the five shortlisted teams.

Canadians have until June 9, 2021 to share their thoughts on the designs in an online survey. The jury will consider the survey responses in selecting the winning design. This winning design will be announced this autumn.

Design from Team Daoust. Pic: Government of Canada

The monument will be built on the east side of Booth Street, across from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan will recognize the commitment and sacrifice of Canadians who served in Afghanistan and will ensure that future generations have the opportunity to learn more about the mission.

Steven Guilbeault said: “I am very interested to hear what Canadians think about these five designs. Each is unique and reflects the theme of this memorial differently. I want to thank all teams for their hard work and vision in expressing our nation’s sorrow and gratitude in a tangible and meaningful way. I look forward to announcing the winning design later this year with my colleague, Minister MacAulay.”

Lawrence MacAulay said: “This monument will be a lasting tribute to more than 40,000 brave Canadians, and I’m very glad we’re able to share these design concepts today. Canada’s mission in Afghanistan is one of the most important moments in our long military history, so I hope that everyone—and those who served, their families, and the loved ones of those we lost, in particular—will take some time to share their views with us.”

Design from Team Lashley. Pic: Government of Canada

• The designs are presented by the following teams;

Team Daoust: Daoust Lestage, architects, urban designers and landscape architects (Montréal); Louise Arbour, strategic advisor (Montréal); Luca Fortin, public artist (Québec)

Team Hapa: Joseph Fry, landscape architect (Vancouver); Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew, visual artists (Vancouver)

Team Lashley + JMA: Lashley + Associates, landscape architects (Ottawa and Montréal); John MacDonald Architect, architect (Kitchener, Ont.); Sandra Dunn, visual artist (Kitchener, Ont.)

Team PFS Studio: Jennifer Nagai, landscape architect, PFS Studio (Vancouver); Nicolas Demers-Stoddart, architect, Provencher Roy (Montréal); Jonathan Villeneuve, visual artist (Montréal)

Team Stimson: Adrian Stimson, visual artist (Siksika Nation, Alta.); Jana Joyce, landscape architect, MBTW Group, (Toronto), Graham Carr, landscape designer, MBTW Group (Toronto); Christine Leu and Alan Webb, public art coordinators, LeuWebb Projects (Toronto).

The jury selecting the winner is composed of experts in visual arts and urban design and representatives from key groups including a veteran of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, a representative of the families of the fallen, a non-veteran representative of the mission in Afghanistan as well as a military historian. The monument is to be completed in 2024, depending on the limitations placed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design from Team PFS Studio. Pic: Government of Canada

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