LONDON.- Adjaye Associates
has designed a memorial in Windrush Square to honour Cherry Groce, who was shot in her home by the Metropolitan Police in front of her children on September 28, 1985. Paralyzed by the shooting, Cherry passed away as a direct result of her injuries in 2011. The 35 years since the shooting is a story of a family and community working together in the pursuit of truth and justice, refusing to accept that this is simply how our society works.
Commissioned by the Cherry Groce Foundation, Sir David Adjayes vision for the memorial aims to create awareness and understanding of the life, strength, and experience of Cherry Groce and her family. Cherrys son, Lee Lawrence explained not only will this memorial acknowledge the terrible injustice to my mum Cherry Groce but it will also act as a beacon of hope. It will symbolize that lessons can be learned and, more importantly, applied to create the positive change we need for the benefit of us all.
Envisioned not only as a memorial but as a pavilion for the community, the design complements the existing features of Windrush Square, the angular forms of the landscaping and lawn areas, and the neighbouring Memorial to African and Caribbean soldiers. The use of a single column is representative of Cherrys strength and support of her community. Integrated benches enhance the functionality allowing the community to engage with and benefit from the memorial pavilion. The roof speaks to the protection and shelter of the Brixton community while its planting serves as a reminder of change, growth and optimism.
Sir David Adjaye explained, the construction of this memorial will speak to restorative justice and will symbolize that what matters to the community, matters to London and the whole world. This tragedy went too long in the public realm without acknowledgement and there is now renewed urgency and importance in finally facing this history.
Sir David Adjaye OBE is a Ghanaian-British architect who has received international acclaim for his impact on the field. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 2000, he founded Adjaye Associates, which today operates globally, with studios in Accra, London, and New York and projects spanning across the globe.
His largest project to date, The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by The New York Times.
Ongoing projects include a new home for The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; 130 William, a high-rise residential tower in New Yorks financial district; the new Sydney Plaza, a public plaza, community building and artwork in Sydneys Central Business District; The Abrahamic Family House, an interfaith complex in Abu Dhabi; the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London; and the National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra.