Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Horse in gasmask at Stourhead

We have added a sculpture of  horse's head in a gas mask to " Arcadia to Armageddon" installation at Stourhead in Wiltshire as part of the commemorative sculpture trail "Stourhead will never forget" about the effect of World War 1 on the community. We have been busy with final touches for the official launch.

We have added motifs to the pyramids. In the photo below starting from the red poppy and working diagonally backwards below is first the blue cornflower  This is the French equivalent of the poppy, being the symbol of French commemoration of the dead of the two world wars., Next is a representation of the statue of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade, the memorial to the dead of the Commonwealth at Gallipoli. Then the Turkish monument at Gallipoli, the Kannakale Martyrs memorial. We have added ancient Egyptian symbols: the ankh cross, representing eternal life, and the udjat eye, representing protection.

The pyramids represent the involvement of local Stourhead men of the Dorset Yeomanry in Gallipoli and Palestine in World War 1. Harry Hoare, heir to the estate was killed in battle near Jerusalem. As a very young man he had visited the pyramids in 1905 as a tourist in an attempt to improve his weak health.


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