Four-year delay for monument to victims of Anders Breivik
Norway’s main opposition political party criticised memorial committee for holding a drawn-out competition to choose an artist
By Clemens Bomsdorf. Web only
Published online: 18 September 2012
Norway’s main opposition political party has criticised the delay in erecting a national memorial to the victims of Anders Behring Breivik, which has been scheduled for 22 July 2015, four years after the murders. “The friends and family of the victims want a memorial now,” Ib Thomsen, a Progressive Party MP and its cultural spokesman, told The Art Newspaper.
The government blames the delay on the committee set up to commission the sculpture, which wants to hold a competition to select the artist. A pre-qualification round is planned for March 2013. “It would have been much faster just to choose a well-liked artist and then let him or her get on with it,” said Thomsen.
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