A view of the new memorial in Hyde Park commemorating those lost in the London terror attacks on July 7, 2005. The striking monument to the 52 people killed in the July 7 bombings has been described as "truly incredible" by one victim's daughter.
Saba Mozakka, 28, whose mother was killed in the London bombings of July 7, 2005, says helping to make the Hyde Park monument a reality was a difficult but necessary task. Her mother Behnaz, a 47-year-old, biomedical officer, was commuting to work at London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital when she was killed on a Piccadilly line tube.
Saba says she still feels a sense of loss and described the tribute to those that died as a memorial to "52 very much loved and missed people."
The victims of the 2005 bombings have been commemorated by 52 stainless steel columns, or stelae, 11.5 feet tall erected in London's Hyde Park. The spires are arranged in four groups, symbolizing four separate attacks on London's transport system that terrible day.
Singular And Collective Loss
Architect Kevin Carmody, one of the project's design team, told Building Design that the design represents both singular and collective loss. The families, who consulted with the memorial's creators, thought "it was important to mark each life that was lost with something tangible," Carmody said.
Friends and relatives of the victims of the 7/7 bombings walk amongst the pillars of the London Bombing Memorial before its dedication in Hyde Park, July 7, 2009.
Charlotte Harris looks at the July 7, 2005 London Bombing Memorial in Hyde Park, July 7, 2009.
Charles and Camilla
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are accompanied by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Cabinet Office Minister Tessa Jowell as they make their way to the memorial service for the 7/7 victims in Hyde Park, July 7, 2009.
Prince Charles looks at the July 7, 2005 London Bombing Memorial during its dedication in Hyde Park, London, Tuesday July 7, 2009.
A relative of a victim is comforted after leaving flowers at a memorial plaque after the dedication of the London Bombing Memorial in Hyde Park, July 7, 2009.