Last week, the Canadian National Holocaust Monument opened. The Monument – a stark, stylized Star of David in form — took a decade to complete at a cost of $7.2 million split between private and public donors.
“May this monument remind us to always open our arms and our hearts to those in need,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday at the opening.
The new monument is a striking set of massive concrete triangles, intended to echo the triangular patches that the Nazis made various groups wear, including “homosexuals, Roma Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses and political and religious prisoners that marked them for death.”
The six triangles in turn are laid out to “create the outline of a star — the star that millions of Jews were forced to wear… to exclude them from humanity and mark them for extermination.”
Original sketches of the design concept referred to a “Stairway of Hope”. Of course, this meant that the monument would also require an accessibility solution. We’ll call it the “LULA of Love”. Decked out with 2-speed stainless steel entrances, stainless steel ceiling and trim and Dove Grey laminate panels, this elevator is as beautiful as it is practical. Expertly installed by the fine professionals at Upper Canada Elevator, this Elvoron LULA elevator has captured the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September, 2017.