Everest Memorial Sculpture

Everest Memorial Sculpture

The Everest Memorial Sculpture is located outside the Himalayan Rescue Association Aid-Post at Pheriche (4200 meters).

The Everest Memorial Sculpture was found in 1993 by a group of British climbers after a successful Everest attempt. The interior of the founding trust members was to improve the hospital at Pheriche. Then following a series of death on Mount Everest in 1996, they decided to commission a memorial sculpture, to celebrate the climbers’ exuberant ambition. The result was the Everest Memorial Sculpture, made by Oliver Barratt, which is a monument to the people who have died while climbing on Mount Everest.

Everest Memorial Sculpture
Everest Memorial Sculpture

The sculpture is 2 meters high and made of stainless steel. Panels are strapped around a frame and rocks collected from the mountain fill the inside. The piece was made in England in 2002, travelled to Kathmandu January 2003, flown to Lukla and finally was arrived to Pheriche where it was installed in April 2003.

It is modestly monumental, not enormous but a tightly bound cone, whose surface is a strong and beautiful skin. Not trying to compare with the mountains but instead reflect them.

The space between the two halves is like a crevasse or doorway of hiding space. In there you are forced close to the names of the dead, and the closeness feels like a kind of intimacy.

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