Sculpture to honour victims of genocide
SCHOOLS across Peterborough have been invited to help design a “timeless” sculpture to reflect the “loss, poignancy and memory” of the Holocaust and other genocides.
The challenging but worthy contest is open to all secondary and special schools in the city in a bid to get young people involved in the project.
Billed as a “unique opportunity” for social and historic education around genocide, Peterborough City Council and Opportunity Peterborough, the city’s regeneration company, are working with community groups to create the new memorial. It will commemorate the loss of innocent lives through the widespread killing of entire ethnic groups and nations.
Peterborough has, for many years, marked Holocaust Memorial Day every January with a service led by the mayor and supported by all ages.
Now, the Holocaust Memorial Day Group has decided to commission a sculpture and would like to work closely with young people to help make it a reality. In a letter to schools, Mayor of Peterborough Keith Sharp spelled out the importance of the memorial.
He said: “It offers a unique opportunity for social and historic education around genocide, but also the social benefits of learning from those atrocities to create a society that is tolerant and integrated rather than threatening and fractured.
“The group wants the memorial to be modern and timeless in its style, and reflect the loss, poignancy and memory of the Holocaust and the other genocides.”
There will be a two-part commissioning process. Stage one involves inviting schools to submit three 250 word entries on the theme “learning lessons from the past to build a better future”.
The entries should be in by No- vember 1. The winning school will then be asked to nominate seven or eight pupils who will work alongside the sculptor, who would create the memorial by May 2011.
It is intended that the whole process will be filmed for the 2011 Peterborough Film Awards. Please contact either Janet MacPhee on 01733 863971, Paul Butcher on 01733 864587 or Opportunity Peterborough on 01733 317489 for more details.
POIGNANT: Youngsters taking part in January’s Holocaust Day ceremony.