Norwegian island cut open in massacre victims tribute

An island in Norway is to be sliced open in a tribute to the 69 victims of far-right fanatic Anders Behring Breivik's 2011 massacre.

Artist Jonas Dahlberg won a competition to design a memorial to the dead with his idea to cut a 3.5m-wide excavation through the Sobraten island, which is opposite the former holiday island where the killings took place.

The material excavated from the cut will be used to build another memorial in Oslo. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway

Judges said: "The void that is created evokes the sense of sudden loss combined with the long-term missing and remembrance of those who perished.

"The proposal is radical and brave, and evokes the tragic events in a physical and direct manner."

The memorial is representative of the "symbolic wound," judges said. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway
Visitors will be able to read the names of the dead engraved into the excavation. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway
The memorial will be opened to the public from July 2015. Credit: Jonas Dahlberg Studio, courtesy of KORO / Public Art Norway

In August 2012, Breivik was jailed for "as long as he is considered dangerous" by a Norwegian court.