data: 2012

miejsce: Smolensk, RU

klient: Ministerstwo Kultury RP

status: konkurs międzynarodowy

powierzchnia: 600 m2

budżet: - PLN


The intention of the concept?s authors was to create a monumental space which would aid reverie and reflexion and which would honour the victims in a manner appropriate to the scale of the tragedy. The authors? goal was to link three spatial elements - the location of the monument, the location of the plane crash and site where flowers were laid soon after the tragedy. Thus, the volume of the monument consists of three spatially connected elements ? two blocks and a rupture between them. The dynamic first line rises from the floor ascending to the highest point (4 m) and then gently descends until it suddenly breaks, revealing the scene of the tragedy and finally ending in a detached, free-standing block. Both blocks are connected by a dynamic forming their curvature.
The entire monument is made of white, dyed, polished architectural concrete. The whiteness refers to one of the national colours and is designed to positively distinguish the blocks from the surrounding environment, making them shine in the sun. The shine gives the form a noble reflex, which reflects the sky and the surroundings. All inscriptions are submerged in the mass of the monument, forming a monolith, delicately shining crystal, which metaphorically refers to the fact that the national elite perished in the crash.
On a symbolic level the monument may be complexly interpreted. The authors intended for the monuments line to bring to mind the course of the flight - from the start, through the flight, decision to land, descending, the tragic situation and finally the tragedy. This is additionally stressed by placing inscriptions of the time of the departure and tragedy on the two ends of the memorial. The contour of the monument is similar to the archetypal form of an airplane, whose fragments have been torn off. Finally, because of the colour, the blocks may be associated with shattered elements of the airplane found at the scene.
The rupture between the blocks, opening the scene of the final phase of the tragedy, symbolizes the dramatic events as well as the void that was created after the unprecedented sudden death of such a large part of the countries ruling elite.