Team Hapa Collaborative
To learn more about the Monument, please visit the National Monument to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan page.
Images of the Design Concept
- Joseph Fry, Landscape Architect
- Jacqueline Metz, Visual Artist
- Nancy Chew, Visual Artist
- Benjamin Hertwig, Writer, Lecturer, PhD Candidate, Veteran of the Afghanistan War
- Jordan McCauley, Landscape Architect, Artist, Veteran of the Afghanistan War
The Monument is a place through which you move in private or communal acts of tribute and remembrance. It is encircled by a grove of trees, a meadow of wildflowers, and the Ceremonial Lawn. Within this perimeter is a walled garden containing a majestic wall - The Mission Wall - and heroic figurative walls, Sentinels that reflect the opening in The Mission Wall. Together they are about presence and absence, about stepping forward. The walls are massive, strong, beautiful, with carved text. A pattern of granite pavers alludes to a labyrinth, a metaphor for the inner journey.
These elements form a place to explore contemplatively, alone or with others. The idea of a garden, especially a walled garden, is about ‘home’, tranquility, security, about our shared humanity - an appropriate metaphor for Canada’s mission to rebuild Afghanistan. Ultimately, the garden asks us to reflect on the passage of time, on renewal and regeneration.
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