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First World War centenary to be marked with shrouded figures

 
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BerichtGeplaatst: 14 Mei 2017 18:24    Onderwerp: First World War centenary to be marked with shrouded figures Reageer met quote

THE centenary of the end of the First World War will be marked with a poignant display of thousands of shrouded figures laid out shoulder to shoulder on grass.

Each will represent one of the 72,396 British soldiers killed at the Battle of the Somme, whose bodies were never recovered.

The battle, the bloodiest of the conflict, claimed more than a million lives in four months of trench warfare from July to November 1916.

Planned for London in November 2018, the display is set to rival the 2014 sea of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, which marked 100 years since the start of the Great War.

Rob Heard, 51, from Watchet, Somerset, refers to a list of names of the fallen recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as he wraps the wooden figures in calico.

The Shrouds of the Somme display will bring to an end a five-year project begun while recovering from a car crash.

Mr Heard said: ďThis will be the biggest event in Europe for the centenary of Armistice Day.Ē

An appeal has been launched to raise £150,000 for materials. Anyone donating £50 will get a figure.See shroudsofthesomme.com

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/804271/First-World-War-Battle-of-the-Somme-Shrouded-figures
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BerichtGeplaatst: 16 Mei 2017 18:05    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

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To mark the end of the First World War 100 years later, Somerset artist Rob Heard is creating 72,396 shrouded figures to physically represent each of the British servicemen (and 829 South African infantrymen) killed at the Somme whose bodies were never recovered. This is an extension of his 2016 installation where he created and laid out 19,240 shrouds representing those killed on the first day of the Somme.


In order to achieve this internationally important piece of community art we are crowdfunding, and ask you to join us in helping make this vision a reality.
The Shrouds of the Somme is a new form of remembrance: each individual is remembered, honoured and represented by a hand stitched shrouded figure. Completing this staggering feat will take Rob a total of 15,000 hours and if he achieves it, the installation will be on display in London in November 2018 to mark the Centenary of Armistice Day.

http://shroudsofthesomme.com/
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