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Nor­way’s Sør­bråten Penin­sula will re­main in­tact, now that plans for the Mem­ory Wound me­mo­rial have been scrapped. The de­sign, by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg, would have seen a 3.5-me­tre-wide in­ci­sion cut through the penin­sula as a trib­ute to the vic­tims of the 2011 ter­ror­ist at­tack on the Work­ers’ Youth League sum­mer camp on Utøya, just across the wa­ter. But the threat of le­gal ac­tion from area res­i­dents chal­lenged the de­struc­tive na­ture of the mon­u­ment. A new me­mo­rial is now planned for Utøykaia, near the ter­mi­nal for the ferry to Utøya.

Thomas Heather­wick’s Gar­den Bridge is of­fi­cially dead in the wa­ter. In Au­gust the Gar­den Bridge Trust, the char­ity es­tab­lished to build the park above the River Thames, fi­nally ad­mit­ted de­feat, an­nounc­ing that it was aban­don­ing the project. In April, the mayor of Lon­don, Sadiq Khan, re­tracted his sup­port for the project. It’s the sec­ond big hit Khan de­liv­ered to Heather­wick Stu­dio this year – in Jan­uary, due to the high cost, he can­celled all fu­ture or­ders of the Routemas­ter bus the firm cre­ated for the city. Mean­while, Pier 55, Heather­wick’s float­ing park in New York City, has pre­vailed af­ter the most re­cent of sev­eral law­suits stalled con­struc­tion. A mod­i­fied per­mit is­sued in June is let­ting the project move for­ward – for now.

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