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The Chancellery of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) announced a competition of ideas for a monument in the Governor’s Garden next to Toompea Castle. The planned monument should be dedicated to independence, match the surroundings, address the people living in Estonia, and be understandable also to tourists.

Head of the Facilities Department of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu Argo Koppel said that the competition of ideas was announced in connection with the restoration of the Governor’s Garden. “We already have the landscape architectural solution, and now we wish to find a monument that would suit the Governor’s Garden from the competition of ideas,” Koppel said.

“In the design of the monument, the artists should proceed from the topic of sovereignty, and take into account that the monument should fit with the historical surroundings, and give an impression of stateliness and modernity,” Koppel said.

According to Koppel, the planned monument should address the people living in Estonia and be understandable also to tourists. The only requirements set to artistic expression and material are that the monument can be up to five metres high and should be as weather-proof as possible.

It is planned that the landscape architecture of the Governor’s Garden will be completed next year, but the expected time of completion of the monument is 2019.

The jury of the competition of ideas for the monument will have ten members. It will include representatives of the Cultural Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, the Estonian Association of Architects, the Estonian Society of Art Historians and Curators, the Academy of Sciences, Tallinn City Government and the Chancellery of the Riigikogu, and two representatives of the Estonian Sculptors’ Union. Architectural historian Mart Kalm and landscape architect Kersti Lootus, who drafted the landscape architectural part of the restoration of the Governor’s Garden, will also belong to the jury. At the first meeting of the jury, the members of the jury will elect a chairman from among themselves.

The prize fund of the competition is 20,000 euro. The first prize will be 10,000 euro, the second prize 6000 euro and the third prize 4000 euro. The estimated cost of the monument will be 160,000 euro. The terms and conditions of the competition are available at the web page The deadline for submission of works is 21 November.

In 1935, it was planned to have a statue in the Governor’s Garden, but it was not erected before the war. In 1950, the portrait bust of Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Estonian SSR Johannes Lauristin was opened there; it was removed in 1990. The granite base of the monument still stands, but instead of the bust, there is a concrete vase on it.

Video of the announcing of the competition for ideas.

Riigikogu Press Service
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