At Stourhead, the National Trust landscape garden in Wiltshire between 2015 and 2017 we created five large installations. They commemorated the effects of World War 1 on the local community and life and death of Harry Hoare, heir to the estate who was killed in Palestine in 1917. This project was backed by the Heritage Lottery fund and the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sureset, a company making permeable paving, provided the pyramids.
Above is our concept for Ebenezer Stone's Bicycle. He was a stable lad at Stourhead who made a bike before 1914 but lost both legs in the war. Below is the Bike and below that is a detail of the finished work.
The installation Arcadia to Armageddon below was a 3D mural, about ten metres wide, showing the transition of a rural peaceful landscape into a desolate battlefield full. In the middle is a life sized horse ploughing a peaceful field while his head is in a gas mask as he heads into war. To the left are bright flowers and bees, to the right a scorched landscape of burnt tree stumps and blackened gnarled detritus.
Below details of Armageddon
The Installation Gallipoli and the Middle East had two elements. Immediately below is one element, the Camel Train not a train of camels but a camel carrying trains. This was based on a photo in the Keep Military Museum in Dorchester showing a train full of camels (see the photo further below). The Dorset Yeomanry fought at Gallipoli and Palestine. Harry Hoare, heir to Stourhead, was fatally wounded in the latter, his parents Sir Henry and Lady Hoare, owners of Stourhead, receiving the news on Christmas Eve 1917.
Below are some images of soldiers and camels in the Middle East campaigns courtesy of the Keep Military Museum Dorchester, Dorset. It has excellent exhibits about the Dorset Yeomanry and World War 1.
Below troops on all sides made music and put on entertainments.
To commemorate Harry Hoare, the heir to Stourhead we created a nursery scene with the toys that an Edwardian boy might have had but there are intimations of his death in 1917 as a young man.
We held workshops to gather ideas for the installations.
Below are two of the contributions of participants.
The boy survived despite a bayonet through his head. He was taken prisoner and nursed back to health.