The project started with a prequalifying phase. Swedish and international artists, artist groups, and artists in partnership with landscape architects were invited to submit their applications until March 10, 2016. Last year, the organisers and the competition jury selected five individual artists or groups who were commissioned to each present a proposal. The proposals are now public, but the names of the artists are not yet disclosed.
The budget for the artistic design and preparation of the memorial site is SEK 7 million. The competition programme, which specifies what this sum should cover, can be downloaded from the websites of the Public Art Agency and National Property Board.
The memorial shall be artistically designed to integrate with the landscape and offer a suitable setting for a broad range of feelings. The memorial will provide a place for the nearest and dearest to mourn and contemplate, but also to recall happy times and fond memories. The memorial shall serve as a meeting point but also enable solitude, as a place for both collective and personal memories. The memorial shall be a beautiful and dignified place. Key words have been: warmth, hope, and confidence. The full text of the artistic vision is available in Swedish here on the website of the Public Art Agency Sweden.
About the location
The location of the memorial is a south-facing slope on south Djurgården, near the Thiel Gallery. From the parking lot on Djurgårdsvägen, the area stretches almost up to Prinsessan Märtas väg. The site is part of the Royal National City Park, and the area is of great natural and cultural value. Appendix 1 in the competition programme includes a detailed description of the site – its cultural history, ecological and other natural features.
The competition is organised by the National Property Board Sweden and Public Art Agency Sweden in consultation with the Swedish Association of Architects.