Thursday, August 27, 2020

Stark And Vivid

Earlier in the month I went out to Lebreton Flats to photograph two monuments. The other I'll be showing you after the beginning of the month. Across the street from it lies the National Holocaust Monument. Its stark design is by Daniel Libeskind, as part of a design team including historians, landscape architects, and the photography of Edward Burtynsky. Approaching from the east, here is one of the entrances, a staircase going down to the main level. An overlook is above, accessible by elevator or two staircases.

I decided to head to the west entrance. The Monument was inaugurated in 2017 and commemorates the victims of the Holocaust of World War Two.

Here we have the west entrance.

Inside the main space with its harsh lines, we have two of the large scale Burtynsky photographs, which I'll examine tomorrow. A close eye going up those stairs will see the Peace Tower of Parliament Hill. The site is angled so that it points out in that direction.

There is a series of panels about the history of the Holocaust, the persecution of Jews and other minorities by the Nazis, and the response of the world by war's end. Each panel is in English and in French in turn. I photographed three of them.


  1. This is a sad reminder of what humans can do to fellow humans.

  2. I had forgotten that this place existed. Thanks for the reminder and tour.

  3. Hello,
    It is a sad reminder, but something that should never be forgotten! Take care, enjoy your day!

  4. ...this makes quite a statement!

  5. It is a special monument with an unusual shape.

  6. Let us never forget. Oops, we did. Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Syria, Yemen..........

  7. It's a wonderful monument William, the harsh lines reflect the horror of the holocaust ✨

  8. Good to see. Whilst in America they tear down momuments you keep them up in modern structure.
    Kids need to learn about this so it never happens again.

  9. It looks wonderful. I especially like the first pic, William. The starkness suits the purpose of the monument.

  10. Very angular but interesting monument William.

  11. What an amazing monument. I love the stark look of it.

  12. I hope to see that memorial some day.

  13. Intriguing architecture, William, really stark !

  14. I remember when you posted on this before. This place has stayed with me since them.The first photo especially.
    Thank You

  15. An amazing memorial, very stark looking

  16. @Nancy: it is indeed.

    @Anvilcloud: you're welcome.

    @Eileen: quite true.

    @Tom: it does indeed.

    @Marianne: I find the shape appropriate.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @David: yes, we have.

    @Grace: I think so too.

    @Iris: I agree.

    @RedPat: it does.

    @Sami: I find it fitting.

    @Red: it is.

    @Sharon: me too.

    @Marie: I visit it from time to time. I'd been that way a few weeks before this visit, but hadn't photographed anything.

    @Karl: very much so.

    @Parsnip: you're welcome.

    @Bill: that it is.

  17. It does look stark doesn't it.
    It is also very big.

    Thank you for sharing the photographs.

    All the best Jan

  18. i really enjoy the architecture, very fun for the eyes to see. can you believe it is almost September? not sure about you but i am so ready for the fall weather. can't wait. have a great day! ( ;

  19. That is such a striking monument. We need more like this.

  20. An incredible piece of art. Thank you for sharing it. I didn't know it existed. Now I do, thank you.

  21. Harsh lines to represent the harshness of a war! Beautiful.

  22. Wonderful memorial photos ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  23. This building is extremely powerful. I find the Holocaust tremendously moving, to the point of physically affecting me. This building seems, with all its sharpness, to reflect the bleak circumstances those sent to concentration camps. I love these photos, William. The affect me.