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New Zealand War Memorial, London

New Zealand War Memorial
United Kingdom
For New Zealand's military personnel who died during the First and Second World Wars
Unveiled 11 November 2006 (2006-11-11)
Location Hyde Park Corner, London
Designed by John Hardwick-Smith (architect); Paul Dibble (sculptor)

The New Zealand War Memorial in London is a memorial to the war dead of New Zealand in the First and Second World Wars, unveiled in 2006.

It is located on the Piccadilly side of Hyde Park Corner, near the Wellington Arch, and is diagonally opposite the Australian War Memorial.[1]

Design

Designed by architect John Hardwick-Smith and sculptor Paul Dibble, the memorial consists of 16 cross-shaped vertical bronze 'standards' set out in formation on a grassy slope on the Hyde Park Corner traffic island. Each standard is adorned with text, patterns and small sculptures. The budget for the design and construction of the memorial was NZ$3 million.[2]

The memorial was established to commemorate "the enduring bond between New Zealand and the United Kingdom", and the lives lost by the two countries during the two World Wars.[2] Dibble said:[2]

Richard Shone, editor of The Burlington Magazine, criticised the memorial and its design in an attack on the "infestation of public space", describing it as "bristlingly unlovely".[3]

History

In October 2004, 12 design teams were selected from the 68 who submitted expressions of interest in the New Zealand War Memorial. These teams submitted designs for the prospective monument and an expert panel, appointed by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, selected the final design. The design was then refined and submitted to Westminster City Council in London for planning approval. The design was a collaboration between Dibble Art Co and Athfield Architects, led by Dibble and Hardwick-Smith respectively, with Jon Rennie as the team's London representative.[2]

The official dedication of the New Zealand War Memorial took place on 11 November 2006 (Armistice Day) by Queen Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Queen of New Zealand. In attendance were the Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and British Prime Minister Tony Blair as well as other members of the Royal Family.

See also

References

  1. ^ New Zealand Memorial in London - NZ Ministry of Culture and Heritage
  2. ^ a b c d "Design for NZ Memorial in Hyde Park, London" (Press release).  
  3. ^ Time to rein in ‘Frankenstein statues’ that are stalking streets, say art curators. Retrieved 13 February 2008.

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