David Adjaye, an ‘award winning’ Ghanaian British architect, has ridiculously defended his unnecessary £50 million Holocaust memorial, saying it is needed in London because deniers of the atrocity have “festered” in Britain.
The £50 million structure, co-designed with Israeli designer Ron Arad and the landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman, has been criticised, particularly over its chosen location next to the Houses of Parliament.
Detractors have suggested Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster is too small for such a large structure, while others said it is too close to the Imperial War Museum, one mile away, which has Holocaust memorial galleries.
Architect Barbara Weiss started a petition objecting to the use of a royal park for the monument and Conservative MP Sir Edward Leigh dismissed the project as “a gimmick”. It is due to be completed in 2021.
David Adjaye (52), told ES Magazine:
It needs to be next to Parliament. In Britain we thought we didn’t need to make a Holocaust memorial: we had liberated the concentration camps. But even here, Holocaust-deniers have festered. History has taught us that we need a mechanism to remind us of what we did and why we did it.
He also suggested that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn — who has been accused of not taking allegation of anti-Semitism in his party seriously — might become more sensitive to the issue if he had to give TV interviews in front of the memorial. “How powerful would that be, for him to think through what he is saying and for others to see him?” David said.
Born to Ghanaian parents, David came to the UK aged nine and moved to London at 14. He graduated with a BA in architecture from London South Bank University in 1990 and has since designed some of the world’s most degenerate buildings.
These include the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, which was opened by President Barack Obama in 2016. Starting in February, he has an exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington.
It is quite interesting (read: sad) that a nation like Britain, once controlling half of the world, has been castrated to the point that it allows a Ghanaian immigrant to design a 50 million pound ‘memorial’ to remember the ‘holocaust’.