July 22 memorials drew 300 bidders

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A total of 300 artists and architects in 46 countries have applied to design new national memorials to the victims of a right-wing terrorist’s attack on the Norwegian government on July 22, 2011. Eight have been selected to enter a second round of competition.

Of the 300 contenders, 67 were Norwegian, reported news bureau NTB. They included sculptors, artists, architects, landscape architects, poets and musicians.

One of the memorials will be placed at Sørbråten in Hole Township, not far from the island of Utøya where 69 persons were killed in the gunman’s rampage. Another memorial will be placed near the government complex in downtown Oslo that was bombed by the gunman before he headed for Utøya.

One contender will be chosen to design all the memorials, which are expected to be unveiled on July 22, 2015.

newsinenglish.no staff