My initial reaction to the proposed Hillsborough Memorial Statue below, was to question the sincerity of the article in question. How could a statue which seems to have a figure impaled on a fence be considered a fitting tribute to the 96 who died that day? As an OOT, and one who watched the tragedy unfurl on tv from the safety of home in Dublin, I thought it was incredibly insensitive to the bereaved families and survivors of that terrible day 20 years ago.
Today, I still think it is insensitive however I do see the merits in the sculptor’s effort to convey the experience and suffering in a visual way other that the obvious. Personally, I do not think anyone that was not directly affected by tragedy should have any say over how the terrible event is portrayed and memorialised. The ultimate say should come from the bereaved families and survivors only and the proposed statue should only go ahead with 100% support from these groups. Everyone else’s opinion is of absolutely no consequence!