OFF THE BOARDS
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.