Designs have been shortlisted for a memorial that will be constructed in Bondi, Sydney, dedicated to the victims of homophobic and transphobic violence.
Memorial proposed by Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture and McGregor Westlake Architecture
The memorial, commissioned by Waverley Council, will acknowledge the hate crimes committed against the LGBTIQ+ community along Sydney’s coastline, in particular, the assault and murder cases between 1970-2000
Shortlisted practices include Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture, McGregor Westlake Architecture and Aspect Studios.
Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture and McGregor Westlake Architecture proposed a memorial that would feature a series of triangular-shaped poles made from Corten steel, along with grass slopes and stone benches that would create a type of amphitheatre that could accommodate small commemorative gatherings or educational seminars. The design features “small and intimate spaces for individual contemplation and memory”.
Memorial proposed by Aspect Studios
Aspect Studios' design features 40 pieces of sandstones embedded into the landscape with a Corten steel portal, lined with a mirror finish, framing the view of the water. Aspect Studios explains, “There is a simplicity and solemnity to the frame. It symbolises the single finite act, a sharp moment in time that holds the artwork together but at the same time disappears when seen in the scale of the distant view.”
Studio Trobec and Russell Rodrigo’s memorial would be constructed from sandstone and Corten steel in the shape of a curve that faces the sea. Three horizontal bars will form a triangular shape filled with whistles, which references the 1991 anti-violence project in NSW. The team says their proposal calls for “a place of gathering and remembering between the land and sea, the communal and the intimate, the real and the virtual, the past and the future.”
Memorial proposed by Studio Trobec and Russell Rodrigo
Other shortlisted proposals are from artists Jane Cavanough and William Eicholtz, and public art organisation Urban Art Projects.