Raoul Wallenberg Memorial, London

Both setting and lighting for Philip Jackson’s evocative sculpture of the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg in Great Cumberland Place were designed by the Practice.

Wallenberg is depicted pensively standing against a wall. A closer examination reveals the rear of the statue draped with the Swedish flag and made from 100,000 Schütz passes, the documents with which he saved Jews from being transported to Auschwitz.

The raised square plinth of York stone setts, set at 45 degrees to the main road, allows the bronze figure prominence when viewed from the nearby synagogue and relates the sculpture positively to the surrounding crescent. An inscribed bronze strip at the outer edges encourages viewers to move around the monument as they read.

Client
Wallenberg Appeal Committee

Awards

  • Civic Trust Award
Roderick Coyne