In collaboration with the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Studio Tectonic’s work is being supported by a 2013 Project Support Fund grant through the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. This grant is for in-country planning of the national Peace Museum to serve as a living commemoration, archive, and memorial in this West African nation’s capitol, Freetown. From 1991 until 2002 the country of Sierra Leone was ravished by a violent and complex struggle leaving over 50,000 citizens dead and manyfold more dramatically affected.
The grant will permit planning and travel to and throughout Sierra Leone to work with local people, officials and project leaders to lay the foundation for the creation of the new museum within the United Nations’ Special Court building. The trial work of the Special Court will be ending in 2013, at which point the building will be transformed and belong to the people of Sierra Leone to serve as an enduring testament to the war.
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, based in New York City, is a worldwide network of historic sites, museums, and initiatives dedicated to remembering past struggles and addressing their contemporary legacies. More information can be found at its website, www.sitesofconscience.org.
Studio Tectonic will continue to update and report on the developments and progress of this important and vital work.