Team Lashley MacDonald
To learn more about the Monument, please visit the National Monument to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan page.
Images of the Design Concept
- David Lashley, Landscape Architect
- John MacDonald, Architect
- Sandra Dunn, Visual Artist
Our design expresses Canada’s deep gratitude for the commitment and sacrifices made by Canadians who served in Afghanistan and by all those affected by the Mission. One hundred and sixty-five graceful forms rise from a richly-textured Plaza, each honouring a Canadian who died. A delicate ripple of movement pulses through this monumental grouping, embodying the notion of wings. Glass inserts at their tips create coloured patterns of light across snow and night sky. On the Plaza, five plinths commemorate the values and contributions of major groups and communities impacted by the Mission.
Visitors move across successive thresholds and through the wings to a promontory that overlooks the Park and engages with the national skyline. An intimate place of personal reflection brings home the impact of individual sacrifice. Accessible pathways around and through this special place provide many perspectives on both Mission and this enduring symbol of strength and perseverance.
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