‘Rose’ will be collective place of reflection

Launch of MK Rose at the Pavillion, Campbell Park.'L-R: Debbie Brock, David Foster, Gordon Young, Mike Berry, Gavin Anderson, John Moffoot.
Launch of MK Rose at the Pavillion, Campbell Park.'L-R: Debbie Brock, David Foster, Gordon Young, Mike Berry, Gavin Anderson, John Moffoot.

PLANS for a special memorial were unveiled at a presentation at Campbell Park today.

The Rose, which is due to be finished next summer, will take pride of place in the park.

The aim is to create a monument which can be used to celebrate and commemorate events in history, as well as providing an area for people’s personal reflections.

The Rose - designed by architect Gordon Young – will include 140 different columns, each of which will be dedicated to a different event.

The first column will be unveiled at 11am on November 11 and will commemorate Armistice Day.

Suggestions for the other columns vary from a memorial for Princess Diana or the 9/11 victims, to celebrations of the moon landing or President Obama’s inauguration.

The £1.2million project, which backers say will be funded by commercial and personal donations and section 106 developer money, will go to public consultation to decide the exact nature of each column.

The man behind the project Gavin Anderson said: “There are moments in time that effect us all collectively.

“For me it was always Armistice Day. I remember the entire street stopping, cars stopping, people stopping.

“That was one of the things that was fed into this project.

“The challenge was creating something that encapsulated everything from totally personal memories to collective ones.”

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