New Zealand War Memorial, London
|New Zealand War Memorial|
|For New Zealand's military personnel who died during the First and Second World Wars|
|Unveiled||11 November 2006|
|Location||Hyde Park Corner, London|
|Designed by||John Hardwick-Smith (architect); Paul Dibble (sculptor)|
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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.
|“||We set the memorial in a position where the main pedestrian route runs through the memorial so that visitors will walk amongst the sculptures, encouraging people to stop and explore. Through the words and images, any New Zealander visiting the memorial will recognise home, and British people may learn something of the relationship between our two countries.||”|
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.
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.
- New Zealand Memorial in London - NZ Ministry of Culture and Heritage
- "Design for NZ Memorial in Hyde Park, London" (Press release). New Zealand Government. 2005. Retrieved 2006-07-21.
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