In November last year, the Auckland Domain Committee offered the Trust a site (pending design approval) inside the Auckland Domain where the Fairy Pond currently is, directly across the street in front of the Wintergardens.
At this time, the Committee communicated to us that they are not open to more sculptural memorials that disturb site lines in the Domain. In response to that feedback and the potential site, the Trust presented a new vision for the Warsaw Ghetto cobblestones –
THE GARDEN OF HUMANITY:
A Holocaust & Genocide Remembrance Project
The Trust has always put education at the forefront of any memorial that we create with the Warsaw Ghetto cobblestones. The addition of the term ‘genocide’ acknowledges the educational aspect of this project, bringing the themes of the Holocaust – bullying or the consequence of apathy, for example, to younger generations through the acknowledgment of ongoing contemporary human abuses and ethnic cleansings.
The Auckland Domain Committee has indicated that a site is likely to be available for The Garden of Humanity, and has given the Trust permission to present a concept design for this prominent site, to the Committee.
The Trust is thrilled to announce the award-winning Auckland practice Boffa Miskell, consultants in landscape architecture, urban design, ecology, biosecurity, planning, graphics, mapping and cultural advisory, in a team led by Cathy Challinor will present the design concept for The Garden of Humanity, to the Auckland Domain Committee.
Those who followed the New Zealand Passchendaele Society’s competition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele may recognize Cathy Challinor’s name. Her
submission was the winning design for the emotive and symbolic New Zealand garden near the city of Passchendaele in Belgium.
Boffa Miskell has worked closely with Auckland Council on numerous projects including Auckland City Centre Plan and Auckland Harbour Bridge Stage I,I I and III. They are also consultants for Cornwall Park’s 100 Year Masterplan, amongst many other projects.
The Trust is extremely optimistic about this partnership and looks forward to viewing the design concept for a living landscape incorporating the Warsaw Ghetto cobblestones, that Ms Challinor
will present to us over the coming months.
All being well, the Trust hopes to get Council permission for the design at the Auckland Domain Committee meeting in June 2018. Once permission for the design is granted from Auckland Domain Committee and the Trust has a clear indication of associated costs for The Garden of Humanity, we will begin fundraising efforts in earnest to realise this project, as a gift to the city of Auckland.
For more information: www.aucklandholocaustmemorial.com