6 Questions about Canada's New National Holocaust Monument
“There were small ones, but there was no national monument” until now, says Dov Goldstein of Lord Cultural Resources, who acted as project manager on the monument. “There was nothing that spoke nationally about the Holocaust.”
Goldstein recalls that the idea of a national Holocaust monument for Canada was actually put forward by a university student named Laura Grossman roughly a decade ago.
Then, in 2009, the idea of a national Holocaust monument was introduced as a private member’s bill in Parliament by Conservative MP Tim Uppal. It received Royal Assent in 2011, and fundraising began.
According to Goldstein, funds for the monument were roughly “half and half” private and public—legally, all proponents of national monuments “are responsible for the funding of their commemorative monument,” states policy on the issue.
In 2013, Lord Cultural responded to a request for proposals for the monument project, and assembled a multidisciplinary team: New York architect Daniel Libeskind, Quebec landscape architect Claude Cormier, Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky, and University of Toronto Holocaust historian Doris Bergen. Their proposal won in 2014.Read More
First Look at Studio Libeskind's National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa
Inaugurated last week, this memorial is Canada's first national monument dedicated to the Holocaust.
After winning the international competition to design the National Holocaust Monument in 2014, Studio Libeskind, together with Lord Cultural Resources, Edward Burtynsky, landscape architect Claude Cormier, and Holocaust scholar Doris Bergen were selected, from six finalist teams, to undertake the project. This is not the first time that Studio Libeskind has designed a Holocaust memorial: Previously, the firm completed the Jewish Museum Berlin and Ohio Statehouse Holocaust Memorial in Columbus. It is currently designing the Names Monument which is scheduled to break ground early next year in Amsterdam.Read More
Nitish's heritage reality- Museum opens with 7 galleries
Chief minister Nitish Kumar dedicated the much awaited Bihar Museum to the public on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary and expressed happiness that it would help showcase the invaluable exhibits related to the history of the state and the country.
The chief minister pointed out that the best of international experts were hired. Canada-based Lord Cultural Resources was the master consultant while Japanese firm Maki and Associates was chosen as the main architectural consultant for Bihar Museum.Read More
Studio Libeskind Completes Canada's first Holocaust Monument in OttawaRead More
A Collector's Dream: Creating Your Own Museum as a Legacy
Gail Lord was quoted in the article "A Collector's Dream: Creating Your Own Museum as a Legacy" in the The New York Times by Paul Sullivan.
“A collector may say, ‘I want this material to be seen in perpetuity,’ but they don’t realize that the type of expenses that are involved are significantly more than where they’re holding the works now,” said Gail Lord, a founder of Lord Cultural Resources, a cultural planning firm.
“There are occupancy costs, which include heating, lighting, cooling and security, and insurance is a very significant cost,” said Ms. Lord, who is also the firm’s president. “‘Open to the public’ means there has to be a staff of some type who is going to be opening the doors and charging or not charging admission. You also need someone to provide information to fulfill the educational requirement.”Read More
Canada’s first national Holocaust memorial opens in Ottawa
Canada today (27 September) inaugurated its first national Holocaust Monument, in Ottawa, an endeavour ten years in the making. A grassroots campaign to build the monument was launched in 2007 by a student at the University of Ottawa, Laura Grossman, and construction on the C$9m ($7.25m) project began last year. It was supported by the National Holocaust Monument Development Council, with matching funds from the Canadian Government. The concept of monument, landscape of loss, memory and survival, came from Toronto-based Lord Cultural Resources, and was chosen in 2014 from a shortlist that included proposals from the architects David Adjaye and Ron Arad.Read More