Winning design for French war memorial in Wellington chosen

Author
Isaac Davidson, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 11 Nov 2016, 9:06PM
The winning entry for a French memorial at the National War Memorial Park in Wellington. Picture: Supplied
The winning entry for a French memorial at the National War Memorial Park in Wellington. Picture: Supplied

Winning design for French war memorial in Wellington chosen

Author
Isaac Davidson, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 11 Nov 2016, 9:06PM

The French Embassy has revealed the winning entry for a war memorial in Wellington after a contest between 43 designers.

An entry by Auckland-based architecture firm Patterson Associates, called "Le Calligramme", was chosen from local and international entries and will be installed at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

French ambassador Jeanblanc-Risler said it would be "a piece of France in New Zealand".

"The monument will honour the longstanding bonds between our two countries, the shared values and aspirations that have shaped our history," she said.

French Secretary of State for Veterans and Remembrance Jean-Marc Todechini will visit the proposed site for the memorial during a visit next week.

The $870,000 design will be paid for by the French Defence Ministry, and includes stone shipped from Caen in the north of France. It will be constructed next year and opened in 2018.

The memorial park was opened as part of WWI centenary commemorations last year and already features an Australian memorial.

NZ Herald