Following the July 22 attacks, the Norwegian Government decided to have memorials erected in the Government Administration Complex in Oslo and on the mainland facing the Utøya island in the municipality of Hole. Pending rebuilding in the Government Administration Complex, a temporary memorial will be raised between The Deichman Library and the Y -Block, bordering Grubbegata. The memorials shall be in honor of the dead, the survivors, rescue crews and volunteers.
The government wishes to ensure that the process surrounding the construction of monuments marking the 22 July tragedies is transparent, dignified and foreseeable. This means that the opening of the memorial at Sørbråten in Hole municipality will be postponed until 22 July 2016. The original plan was for the memorial to be opened on 22 July 2015. That would have required an application for dispensation from Hole municipality’s ordinary zoning procedure, as work would have had to begin before the municipality had considered its zoning plan. The government does not wish to advance the process in this way. Statsbygg will monitor work on the zoning plan. The choice and location of the artwork at Sørbråten is firmly. Press release from the government » Winner of the competition, press release »
The Hole memorial and the temporary memorial in Oslo are to be completed by July 22, 2016. The permanent memorial in Oslo must be considered in the context of the rebuilding of the Government Administration Complex, and is therefore not scheduled for a specific time.
The Government decided in April that the national memorial in Hole should be placed at Sørbråten; a promontory just north of Utvika camping, with a view to Utøya.
NOK 27 million have been allocated for the realization of the projects. This includes both art-related and administrative costs. Project facilitation expenses will be in addition to said amount.
There will be an open international call for entries (spring 2013), followed by a limited competition (autumn 2013).