THE MEMORIAL
AN EXCEPTIONAL PROJECT
AN EXCEPTIONAL UNDERTAKING 

  • Work lasting 2 years
  • Area developed: 8,500 m2
  • Exhibition hall: 45 m2
  • Landscaping: 60 ash trees and 2,500 grasses
  • 2,000 inserts in the ground commemorating the slave-trading exhibitions from Nantes
  • 130m of passages created, including 90m beneath the quay
  • 22 glass blades set at 46° form 900 m2 of high-tech glazing
  • 300 m2 wooden bridge
  • 400 m of railings
  • 12 km of cabling
  • 24 tonnes of metal structures 

DATA SHEET
Type
The Memorial of the abolition of slavery is simultaneously a commemorative monument, a work of art and a public area, which forms a part of an urban development project stretching from Nantes station to the Loire.

Principal
Nantes Metropolis

Designing artists
Wodiczko & Bonder, Cambridge, USA.

Project management
Arcadis, Saint-Herblain (44). Agence Roulleau, Nantes (44).

Location
Quai de la Fosse, between the Victor-Schœœlcher footbridge and the Anne-de-Bretagne bridge.

Area
6800 m2 including 1,500 m2 under cover.

Project cost
6,900,000 euros including taxes.

Financed by
Europe (Feder), Nantes City, Regional Council, Departmental Council, fundraising.

Opening 
25 March 2012.