On 26 December, 2004, Southeast Asia suffered one of the greatest disasters in history, killing a quarter of a million people. Among the victims, 543 deceased and around 1,500 injured were Swedes. In connection with the 10th anniversary of the disaster, the government decided to commission a memorial in Sweden for the victims of the tsunami, to honour the memory of those who lost their lives, and to create a place where their relatives and friends could gather.
In accordance with the commission of the government, the National Property Board Sweden and Public Art Agency Sweden have organized a competition for the artistic design of the memorial. The interest to participate was large and many applications were submitted. During the spring of 2016, the National Property Board and Public Art Agency, in cooperation with the jury, selected five contestant artists or artist groups. The five proposals were presented in January 2017 and April 3rd 2017, we announced the winning proposal.