Na Design Week Online
Publication date: 16 June 2008 12:36 PM
A light sculpture, dedicated to the memory of journalists and news staff
killed in the line of duty, is being unveiled tonight in London by the BBC.
Designed by Catalan sculptor Jaume Plensa and BBC Broadcasting House
architect Sir Richard MacCormac, the 10m-high glass and steel construction
entitled ‘Breathing’ will be uncovered for the first time by the
secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.
1‘We hope this poignant memorial will serve as a nightly
reminder of the sacrifice made by many in the cause of free expression and
journalism,’ says BBC director-general Mark Thompson.
Situated on the roof
of the new wing of Broadcasting House in Portland Place, London W1, it is
designed in the form of a giant listening glass and its light beam will extend
1km into the sky.
Every night the sculpture will be illuminated for 30
minutes, in tandem with BBC’s ten o’clock news bulletin.
More than 200
reporters have lost their lives since the start of 2007.
Jaume Plensa was
responsible for the Crown Fountain - a public sculpture in Millennium Park,
Chicago - and also created a sculpture called Dream in Merseyside for Channel
4's Big Art Project