To learn more about the Monument, please visit the National Monument to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan page.
Images of the Design Concept
- Luca Fortin, public artist
- The Honourable Louise Arbour, strategic advisor
- Daoust Lestage Lizotte Stecker, architects, urban designers and landscape architects
“There is a crack, a crack in everything - That’s how the light gets in”, a quote by Leonard Cohen that poetically inspired our conceptual approach.
For the formalization of the National Monument to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan, we are proposing an evocative remembrance wall, strategically opened by the passage of a symbolic axis of Canadian democracy, defined between the War Museum and the Peace Tower.
Intertwining the destiny of Ottawa and the Afghan cities, the monument echoes the limestone materiality of the Parliament buildings and the evocative power of the landscapes encountered abroad.
The lace-like stone at the heart of the framing wall offers multiple perspectives; seen from afar are the characteristic mountains of regions where Canadians played a prominent role. Up close, the framing refers to a view of the world through the magnified motif of a burqa, a view opened up by the axis of democracy.
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