National Monument MH17
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on 17 July 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. This webpage offers information about the memorial for the victims which is part of the National Monument MH17 that will be opened in The Netherlands on 17 July 2017.
The design and the artist
Click on the image below to read or download the interview with Ronald A. Westerhuis. He shares his design intentions for the memorial and what experience it may bring to victims’ family and friends or other visitors.
Steel wall memorial put in place
On Thursday the 20th of April the 16 metres wide and 4 metres high steel wall of the MH17 memorial has been put in place, at the National Monument site near Schiphol. Not an everyday operation, due to the size and sheer weight of the structure. A special transport drove the curved wall from the south province of Limburg across The Netherlands to Park Vijfhuizen. Drill specialists anchored the wall to its concrete base. When finished, the memorial will not show these anchor points and the wall will seemingly rise up out of the ground unsupported.
Ronald A. Westerhuis: “To me this is one of the more intense moments in the realisation process of my design. With all professionals and people from the two MH17 foundations, we followed the movements of the wall being put in place. Having reached this milestone, I can concentrate further on the finishing of this wall and the other parts, including the stainless steel sculpture in which the names of all MH17 victims will be engraved.” Photo: Raymond van Olphen.