Mahatma Gandhi memorial to be unveiled in Parliament Square on Saturday 14th March 2015
March 13, 2015
A memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the inspiration for non-violent civil rights movements around the world, will be unveiled in Parliament Square tomorrow, Saturday 14th March 2015. Donald Insall Associates was approached by the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust to investigate the possibility of finding an appropriate site for the memorial and designing the setting for a new bronze statue by Philip Jackson.
Noting Gandhi’s relationship historically with both Field Marshal Jan Smuts and Nelson Mandela, whose memorials already existed in Parliament Square Gardens, and the proximity of the Supreme Court (Gandhi studied Law in London) and the memorial to Abraham Lincoln, the Practice proposed the site in the centre of the existing line of Portland stone planters and jardinière along the west side of the gardens, below the canopies of the London planes. Like the statue of Nelson Mandela, the bronze statue of Gandhi has been set at a lower level than the 19th century statesmen on their high plinths.
The ceremony will be open to the public and will feature live music and reflections from Gandhi’s grandson and former Governor of West Bengal, Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Doors to the event area will open at 09:15 and the event will take place between 10:00-11:00.