Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust
“Lincoln Cathedral was the landmark used by returning aircrew to navigate their return to the Lincolnshire airfields, and so was the welcome sight of home for returning crews and, by implication, was the last view of ‘home’ for the airmen who did not return. The Memorial should highlight this unique view, one we share with the aircrew in WW2, as an act of experiential remembrance.”
Our competition proposal begins and ends with timeless views and the emotions we share with the aircrews of World War II, it is based around a sequence of moments every one of our visitors will wander through, a journey of experiential remembrance for all... The Journey Home.
From a distance the contemporary memorial is a living beacon for the city and the world beyond. By day it is passive and reflective, quietly amplifying the shadows of those visiting on the hill, and by night, based on power generated during the day, the beacon begins to shine softly. The memory of the ‘Bomber’s Moon’ turned to offer a symbol of hope and positivity for all.
Rewarding those who have taken part in the journey the contemporary memorial offers a moment of wonder and transformation unlike any other. When you alone are in the perfect position the landmark image dramatically turns, the great Cathedral is magnificently amplified, the distance both in space and time is diminished, and ‘The View Home’ is at last before you.