Little over three years on from the day when suicide bombers struck at London's transportation network, the design for a memorial to the people who lost their lives has been unveiled.
The memorial, created by architects Carmody Groarke, in consultation with relatives of the deceased and artist Anthony Gormley, will comprise 52 steel pillars, one for every life lost in the attacks, each 3 metres tall and 15cm square. They will be arranged in four clusters, representing the three Tube trains and one bus on which the suicide bombers struck, and each pillar will be cast uniquely. A nearby plaque will carry the names of those lost.
Grahame Russell, whose son Philip was killed in the bus at Tavistock Square, described the pillars thus: "as indestructible as the memories we have of them". The memorial looks to be a fitting tribute to those lost on one of London's darkest days, a subtle and understated yet moving aide memoire that will symbolise the victims of that day for generations not yet born.
The memorial will be unveiled in Hyde Park next year, on the fourth anniversary of the attack.
See the designs for the memorial here
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