New Zealand Memorial
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Couples
There is an odd section of Hyde Park, that is actually closer to Green Park, that is surrounded by traffic, on three major streets, which encircle it. We spent an afternoon exploring this area, and discovered the New Zealand War Memorial.

As we usually stay in Mayfair, and right near Hyde Park Corner, we had passed this area, and the Memorial, many, many times. Usually, we were cutting around, or across Hyde Park, and often this little “island,” and other than the dominating Wellington Arch, had always been in too much of a hurry. We just never took the time to look.

At first, I was not sure what we were looking at, just a few steps north of the Wellington Arch. At first, it appeared to be black-painted structural steel shapes (actually comprised of bronze, but the paint hides that aspect), embedded into the ground. Since I know my “steel shapes,” it became obvious that these were created shapes, and not common ones. Their cross section was that of an equal-sided cross, and not the typical L-shape of and angle, or the H-shape, or C-shape of most other structural elements – a cross. Then, it became clear that the truncated ends (the bases are buried) are forming a cross, and their white paint accentuated that shape – but from very casual observation, as one hurries across the park, that shape is not so clear, or obvious. Standing there, among the black steel “columns,” I attained clarity. These WERE crosses, and I could easily see them, and began to understand their intent.

This monument memorializes the many New Zealanders killed in several wars, fighting alongside their British compatriots. The “crosses,” however stylized, are THEIR crosses.

We spent much of a beautiful October afternoon, walking, observing, reading, and finally, understanding the significance of the New Zealand War Memorial.

I thought that I knew a bit about world history, and especially the history of fairly recent wars, involving Great Britain, but this somber memorial helped educate me. I knew the names of some of the battles, such as Gallipoli, and those along the Western Front in WWI, and many battle sites from WWII, but knew very little of the Boer War, and had never heard of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force – all new to me, so very informative. I felt that I was standing in a little section of Arlington National Cemetery, in the USA. Though stylized, it had that same impact.

It was a moving experience, and one well-worth the time. Unfortunately, the design does not likely catch the attention of passers-by. It certainly never had for us, and we’ve been walking past the New Zealand War Memorial for the last 15-16 years.

I am certainly glad that we took the time to explore this rather odd little section of Hyde Park (I really thought that this was part of Green Park, which wraps around one side of the island), as we were enlightened in many ways.
Written February 12, 2018
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futtock21
London, UK11,618 contributions
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Sep 2019
This is the most recent edition to the Memorial Land that is the centre of the Hyde Park Corner gyratory dominated by the Wellington Arch and diagonally opposite the Australian War Memorial. Unveiled in 2006 it is the work of New Zealand architect John Hardwick-Smith and sculptor Paul Dibble. Officially named ‘Southern Stand’ it comprises sixteen bronze standards set on a grassy slope. It commemorates the New Zealand War dead of two World Wars.
Written September 18, 2019
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Couples
Though we had just visited Hyde and Green Parks, and the New Zealand War Memorial in October, the weather was so much nicer during our April visit, so we crossed under Piccadilly, and revisited some of the same areas, and monuments, in the bright Spring light. The New Zealand War Memorial was one of those.

With the play of light and shadow, the structural steel of this monument took on a different look and feel. The white “crosses” painted atop the angled cut ends stood out much more. Before, it took a bit of thinking, to see those. That was not the case on this lovely Spring day.

Though the day was gorgeous, and the contrast of the components of this memorial more easily identified, the area was still sad. Again, we took time to reflect, and contemplate deeply, the significance of this memorial. It was a very moving half-hour for both of us, and I am glad that we revisited this site.
Written June 19, 2018
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Rubaiyat E S
Faro, Portugal2,165 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Couples
The New Zealand Memorial in London's Hyde Park Corner is designed by architect John Hardwick-Smith and sculptor Paul Dibble. The memorial dedicated to the New Zealanders who saw military service in New Zealand or overseas, including in the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces (NZEF or 2NZEF) of World War I and II, the Royal New Zealand Air Force and the Navy. The memorial consists of 16 cross-shaped vertical bronze 'standards' set out in formation on a grassy slope. Each standard is adorned with text, patterns and small sculptures. At night, their tops are illuminated so that the crosses appear like the southern stars, indicating the compass direction south and pointing the way home for wandering Kiwis.
Written March 17, 2017
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,464 contributions
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Aug 2022
This is a memorial to service members from New Zealand who died in the First and Second World Wars. It consists of steel beams sunk into the ground which are engraved with messages. It was very thought provoking.
Written October 11, 2022
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Solo
This is a very interesting and a gripping monument as the structure is so stark and each piece isolated. It’s quite gripping.
Written August 23, 2021
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
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Aug 2020 • Solo
There are two modern memorials to war dead at Hyde Park Corner, one to Australia and the other to New Zealand. Both have added to, and transformed, the landscape.

The New Zealand Memorial of 16 bronze angular crossses is full of symbolism. The disruption of the landscape was controversial, but was is disruptive. The metal crosses are covered with New Zealand writing, texts, designs and sculptures, while the powerful angular positions have multiple meanings including gravestones, the energy and posture of New Zealand warriors performing a haka, the angle of a cricket bat, the angle of a gun carried on a soldier's shoulder and the layout of the stars in the Southern Cross.

What on first glance may be relatively simple is full of different meanings....

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Written August 5, 2020
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Solo
This is a stark memorial, made up of sixteen bronze stands set into the ground at an angle. Each stand has motifs or an inscription referring to events in the two world wars of the 20th century. It’s curiously touching for such a modern piece of design and sculpture, though if you think of the sacrifices made by so many New Zealanders in those conflicts, it’s impossible not to be moved. This a must see, a great example of why monuments don’t have to be all about statues and stone inscriptions.
Written December 14, 2019
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,476 contributions
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Nov 2019 • Couples
Very moving memorial near the entrance to Hyde Park. It’s structure is similar to the 7/7 memorial in the Park in that its single standing poles with specific writing on each. It’s sad to see but never forget those that gave so much.
Written November 23, 2019
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Epic-Traveller
Rushden, UK4,477 contributions
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Sep 2019
I came accross this memorial in Hyde Park Corner. It came accross to me as a strange monument at first, however, the monument is made over the footpath which, to me, meant that it was designed to encourage visitors to walk in-between the RSJ's.

Walking through it and reading some of the inscriptions and noticing some of the patterns is important to get the feel of the monument.
Written September 15, 2019
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