在Snøhetta与约翰尼斯堡当地的Local Studio，以及来自Hatch的工程队伍Design Indaba的共同努力下，“the Arch”纪念碑于近日终于揭开面纱。Tutu曾多次在开普敦当地举行反种族隔离抗议，该装置正是为纪念他的一系列壮举。矗立于议会大楼和圣乔治大教堂之间，由木材搭建的永久性装置，为当地民众营造了全新的公共活动空间。毗邻开普敦主教堂“圣乔治大教堂”，始建于1652年的商业广场通过一条步行道路与主教堂相连，位于其间的景观装置连接了城市中心区和历史文化区。这一景观装置的坐标也奠定了它作为城市地标的地位。
Designed by Snøhetta and Johannesburg-based Local Studio, in collaboration with Design Indaba, the engineers at Hatch, and generously supported by Liberty, the Arch marks the site where Tutu began many of his Anti-Apartheid protests in Cape Town. Situated between the Parliament and St. George’s Cathedral, the permanent wooden structure creates a new public space in the city’s downtown. The Arch’s significant location will stand as a constant reminder to lawmakers. Its proximity to St. George’s Cathedral, which is the seat of the Archbishop of Cape Town, frames the public entrance to the Company’s Garden that has been in existence since 1652, and is the most popular walk for citizens accessing the cultural precinct of Cape Town.
“The Arch”装置由十四根木条相互缠绕而成，它们分别象征着南非宪法中的十四个章节。缠绕着的十四跟木条最终形成了球状，象征并赞誉了Archbishop Tutu为社会和平所做的一系列努力。该装置高九米（近似三层楼的高度），人行穿越其下，感受被包围之下的壮丽之感。
The Arch consists of 14 intertwined strands of bent wood, representing the 14 chapters of the South African constitution. Together the arching wooden elements inscribe a globe, celebrating Archbishop Tutu’s role as a unifying figure for the international peace movement. At 9 meters tall, or nearly 3 stories high, the scale of the Arch envelops visitors as they pass underneath it.
▼装置由十四根木条相互缠绕而成，the Arch consists of 14 intertwined strands of bent wood
A traditional arch is supported by opposing forces pushing against one another, held together by a keystone. These structural properties emerged as a core concept for the design, where the Arch stands as a metaphor for the integrity of the country’s democracy whose conceptual keystone is the Constitution of South Africa. The Arch is made of Larch wood, a highly durable and resistant material that will weather gracefully over time, taking on the elements of its surroundings. The warmth of wood was intentionally selected to lend the Arch an intimate, tactile quality that invites people to interact with the structure in a way that differs from the conventional materials people might expect for a memorial structure, such as concrete, steel, or stone.
▼人与装置的互动，the Arch and the public
承载着与当地民众极高的互动性的“The Arch for Arch”，早已超脱了为Archbishop Tutu建造的纪念之物。它建立在南非历史上最重要的民主活动遗址上，象征着民众参与才是宪法之基。该永久性装置是对为民主战斗牺牲之人的致敬之礼，也教育世代人民应时刻维护属于我们的民主权利。位于主教堂附近的纪念碑已于2017年10月7日Archbishop Desmond Tutu的86岁生日上揭幕。另外较小的一座位于约翰内斯堡立宪法院门口，并于12月10日该地宪法颁布21周年庆典上举行了揭幕仪式。
The Arch for Arch is more than a monument for Archbishop Tutu. It builds on the legacy of South Africa’s foremost campaigner for democracy to create a platform for public participation in upholding the Constitution. The Arch will stand as a permanent tribute to what was sacrificed in the pursuit of democracy, and the vital necessity of protecting these rights for generations to come. The first Arch was unveiled on the occasion of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 86th birthday on October7,2017. A secondsmaller Arch is now located on ConstitutionHill in Johannesburg, where the Constitutional Court is located. Its unveiling took place December 10 to coincide with the 21st anniversary of the country’s Constitution.