Monday, 4 November 2013

Poppy sculpture to commemorate war dead

Visitors to the Royal Armouries, Leeds, will be invited to dedicate and insert a poppy into a brand new sculpture due to be installed on November 4.

The sculpture honours the one million UK and Commonwealth servicemen who died during the First World War is part of an exciting new venture, organised by The Royal British Legion and international award-winning artist designer Mark Humphrey. A share of donations will also go to the Never Such Innocence Charity.

From next year, the Royal British Legion and Royal Armouries are hoping the public will personalise and dedicate a poppy to an armed forces or family member who has died as a result of conflict.

Royal Armouries is home to the national collections of arms, armour and artillery. The poppy sculpture will form one of the focal points at the museum’s Armistice Day service on Monday, November 11, from 10.45am to 11.30am, led by the Rev Gordon Warren, Chaplain of the Royal Navy.

Royal Armouries’ Head of Creative Programmes Karen Whitting, said: “As Britain’s oldest public museum, Royal Armouries aims to honour and acknowledge the huge debt that Britain owes to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and their role in shaping history. This sculpture allows everyone to pay their own personal and individual tribute and we are delighted to be participating in this way.

“The sculpture will be placed within our Leeds museum’s Hall of Steel, and we are sure people will appreciate the poignancy and significance of the sculpture at a time when our minds are firmly focused on Remembrance.”

Artist Mark Humphrey said: “Our poppy sculptures are temporary memorials of remembrance, utilising The Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal, designed to be installed in public spaces across the UK.

“The installations are an emotive and interactive symbol, commemorating the great sacrifices made by all the soldiers who died in World War One. An educational Public Art Centenary, generating pride for our communities: built by us, for us, remembering us…’

This year, sculptures are also being placed at London landmarks, including Victoria, Cardinal Place and Waterloo Station, plus the RAF Museum.


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