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Great War Art

Posted by: Jo Briton

Categories: Charity, Creative,

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

August saw the commemoration of 100 years of The Great War and I thought I couldn’t let that go without looking at some of the works of art produced in memory of those that gave their lives.

The most well known one is the 888,246 poppies installed at the Tower of London. Blood Swept Lands And Seas of Red is an installation from ceramic artist Paul Cummins. Each of the delicate, ceramic poppies represents a Commonwealth solider killed in the Great War.

The final, 888,246th flower will be planted on November 11th, 2014 – the day of remembrance in the UK to commemorate the end of the war.

The ceramic flowers will be sold for £25 a piece, and 10% of the proceeds will be split evenly among 6 different service-related charities.

Another artist has created an art installation that also remembers the often-forgotten civilian deaths during The Great War.

Brazilian sculptor Nele Azevedo arranged 5,000 little ice figurines on the step of Chamberlain Square in Birmingham, U.K., to remember the men and women lost during WWI, including the civilians. The melting, ghostly figures, placed by volunteers, created a truly haunting image, and they were crowned by a red figure that seemed to drip a trail of blood down the steps.

“I wanted to break with the traditional characteristics of a monument,” Azevedo told Birmingham Mail.  My sculptures remember people who are not remembered by other monuments.

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