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Dulce et decorum est

img_0991This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Watching various documentaries and reading some incredible poetry of the time I felt so moved and indeed horrified at what I saw and read that I wanted to create my own memorial in recognition of this horrific event.

Both my grandfathers fought at the Somme. Thankfully both returned home otherwise I and my family would not be here today.

The piece I have created is my own personal memorial to all those who lost their lives and to those who suffered the incredible mental scars of war.

My response to this event is expressed through colour, texture and symbolism.

A trench runs down the centre of the panel flanked by glass cabochons which hold fragments of sack cloth like reliquaries hold precious relics.

One hundred and forty one red glass globs pour out of the trench. One for each of the one hundred and forty one days of blood shed.

Embedded within this sea of red are five green glass globs symbolising sacrifice and eleven blue glass globs symbolising the end of the First World War on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. 

The background has been created by acid etching a green flashed antique glass to convey the idea of gas pouring into the trenches.

The stained glass panel is housed in a bespoke light box hand crafted in oak by local wood turner and furniture maker Mark Hanvey. 

I chose to use oak as this is a traditional symbol of strength and courage in adversity. 

The light box has handles down each side to show that this is something that can be carried rather than a memory or facts from a history book shut away and later forgotten. 

“If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues, –
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori”

Extract from “Dulce et decorum est” by Wilfred Owen.

 

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