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Four-year delay for monument to victims of Anders Breivik

Norway’s main opposition political party criticised memorial committee for holding a drawn-out competition to choose an artist

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, left, and King Harald attend a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial for the victims of Anders Breivik held on the first anniversary of the attacks this July (Photo: Reuters)

Norway’s main opposition political party has criticised the delay in erecting a national memorial to the victims of Anders Behring Breivik, which has been scheduled for 22 July 2015, four years after the murders. “The friends and family of the victims want a memorial now,” Ib Thomsen, a Progressive Party MP and its cultural spokesman, told The Art Newspaper.

The government blames the delay on the committee set up to commission the sculpture, which wants to hold a competition to select the artist. A pre-qualification round is planned for March 2013. “It would have been much faster just to choose a well-liked artist and then let him or her get on with it,” said Thomsen.

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