Design competition for memorial to conscientious objectors in Edinburgh

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A design competition has been launched ahead of Armistice Day to create a memorial to conscientious objectors.

If approved the memorial will stand in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh.

The competition has been organised by the CO Memorial Committee, a consortium of organisations based in Edinburgh and across the UK which includes the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Brian Larkin from the Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre, which is leading the effort, said: “The aim of this project is to honour the courage and conviction and raise awareness of conscientious objectors to war with a permanent memorial in Scotland’s capital city.

“The memorial will be international in scope, and will recognise opponents of all wars – past, present and future.

“Situated in the midst of eight war memorials and beneath Edinburgh Castle and the National War Memorial, the CO Memorial will invite visitors to reflect on better ways to resolve conflicts than through war.”

The design competition is open until December 15. Artists can apply to be selected to create a design proposal for the sculpture.

The consortium currently holds donations totalling £16,000 and is seeking additional contributions towards a budget of £150,000.