Tuesday 12 November 2019

Passing Through

This war memorial bench is the work of Simon Smith and is outside the Great Hall in Winchester. It's a WWI soldier's kit and was installed to commemorate the estimated two million soldiers [of different nationalities] who passed through the city's transit camps during the Great War.

I have Alison Davidson to thank for this level of detail. She wrote the design brief for the piece and commented when I posted the image in a FB group.



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    1. It was. Sadly it's rather hidden away and I don't think many people find it as it's out of the city centre. Arilx

  2. "Hidden away" would be a good thing in major American metro areas -- greatly increasing the memorial's chances for lasting a month in a public place.

    The sculptor did well to focus on the gear and invite the viewer to imagine the soldier. I've handled those canvas bags and can imagine sitting on that bench and remembering the musty smell.



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