To further my exploration of what I could produce as an act of remembrance for WW1 I thought I’d look a little deeper into how they are already remembered. The most obvious memorials that people will think of include the Cenotaph in London but I wanted to explore possibly lesser known memorial sites.
Located locally in Seaham, this statue that has been affectionately named “Tommy”. Designed by Ray Lonsdale, he intended for the statue to represent the Post-Traumatic Distress that many soldiers faced. Lonsdale also created the structure to represent the minute after Armistice was declared 1918. Fittingly the piece is named 1101 for this reason. The structure stands at 9ft 5ins and weighs 1.2 tonnes. Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk
This stunning sculpture made of ice shows 5000 small ice structures that were placed on a set of steps in Birmingham to represent the lives tragically lost in WW1. The structures were allowed to melt in the rain but many people decorated them with items such as flowers. This is a truly creative and poignant display that I’d never heard about and to put it lightly the creativity shown here is truly inspiring.