Fifteen works were submitted by deadline to the design competition announced by the Chancellery of the Riigikogu for setting up a monument in the Governor’s Garden.
The jury of the competition convened today, viewed the works entered for the competition, elected the Chairman, and agreed upon the future organisation of the work. The jury will study the works entered, and will come together again on 13 December.
Architectural historian Mart Kalm, who was the author of the special requirements of heritage conservation, was elected the Chairman of the Jury. Other members of the nine-member jury are Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Aadu Must, Research Fellow of the Estonian Academy of Arts Ingrid Ruudi, Professor of Estonian Contemporary History at the University of Tartu Tõnu-Andrus Tannberg, City Designer at the Urban Planning Department of Tallinn Urmas Kaldaru, sculptor from the Estonian Sculptors’ Union Leena Kuutma, sculptor from the Estonian Sculptors’ Union Aili Vahtrapuu, landscape architect Kersti Lootus, and representative of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu, Head of the Facilities Department Argo Koppel.
“When we opened the works, we could see a rich choice of very different approaches,” Chairman of the Jury Mart Kalm said. “Several clichés for depicting Estonia were represented: the map, the lions, the mythology, the blue-black-white, Linda and Kalev,” Kalm added. In his opinion, there should have been more architectural works. “At first glance, it seems that there is more decorative art that suits in the park than successful interpretation of sovereignty.”
The prize fund of the competition is 20,000 euro. The first prize will be 10,000 euro, the second prize 6000 euro and the third prize 4000 euro. The estimated cost of the monument will be up to 160,000 euro. Design negotiations will be started with the author of the winning design, the final cost of the project will become clear after the design criteria will have been approved.
The Chancellery of the Riigikogu announced the design competition for the monument in connection with the renovation of the Governor’s Garden. It is planned that the landscape architecture of the Governor’s Garden will be completed next year, but the expected time of completion of the monument is 2019.
Already in 1935, it was planned to have a statue in the Governor’s Garden, but it was not erected before the war. In 1950, the portrait bust of the Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Estonian SSR Johannes Lauristin was opened there; it was removed in around 1990. The granite base of the monument still stands, but instead of the bust, there is a concrete vase on it.
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