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Remembrance Art Trail at Canary Wharf – 1st to 13th November 2016

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The Remembrance Art Trail at Canary Wharf consists of seven art installations created by international award-winning artist Mark Humphrey, the trail was created in association with the Royal British Legion and constructed with the help of the Corps of Royal Engineers. It consists of seven art installations, each piece has a different focus within the wider theme of military experience, aiming to encourage personal reflection and contemplation.

London based artist Mark Humphrey is well known for public art and has created several large scale artworks for the Armed Forces and military charities. All of the pieces are being created here in the UK, using material salvaged from military sources and using some military manufacturing techniques.

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Lost Armies in Jubilee Park – a work about remembering the fallen and their sacrifices made, for all countries that fought for the British Armed Forces dedicated to The Not Forgotten Association.

Boots on the Ground in Westferry Circus – a work about the spirit and soul of the British Armed Forces dedicated to Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company.

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ANA (Army, Navy & Airforce) Triptych in Jubilee Plaza – a work about abstract poppy forms explored within military transport parts of the British Armed Forces dedicated to Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund & ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

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Fallen Soldier in Reuters Plaza – a work about remembering our servicemen and women during all conflicts dedicated The Royal British Legion.

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Point of Everyman’s Land in Jubilee Place Lower Mall level -2 – a work about war in time and space, moments of battle, peace and the point of Remembrance dedicated to The Poppy Factory.

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Lost Soldiers in Adams Plaza – a work about healing, remembering and forgiveness dedicated to Stoll.

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Brothers in Arms in Cabot Place – a work about human sacrifice, comradeship and remembrance for all military conflicts dedicated to Combat Stress.

The trail is free to visit, open daily and there will be a series of free guided tours, if you want to walk around the trail yourself, you can download our Remembrance Art Trail map here.

In the period up to Remembrance Sunday, the artworks are a reminder of the human cost of war and how a number of forces related charities provide ongoing support to  former forces personnel and their families.

The charities features are The Royal British Legion, RAF Benevolent Fund, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers Charity, The Not Forgotten Association, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, The Poppy Factory, Stoll and Combat Stress.

On Armistice Day, Canary Wharf will hold a Two Minute Silence at 11am at the art installations and the  following locations where buglers will be playing the Last Post and Reveille to mark the occasion:  Westferry Circus, Cabot Square, Jubilee Park, Canada Square Park, Jubilee Place Mall, Canada Place Mall and Reuters Plaza.

 

 


4 Comments

  1. Mark Horbury says:

    I had a guided tour by the artist today and heard Mark’s interpretation on the seven pieces. A privilege and a joy to hear it first hand, along with a sunny day to show the installations at their best against blue skies and in sunshine. I shall also return to see them under night lights. Also hearing how things like this evolve from ideas thru design, manufacturing, sign-off and installation, was fascinating. If I had to pick one then “Lost Soldiers” was the most expressive and poignant for me. The timing of this fitted in well with a book I am reading currently on the life of generations of a family, which starts with an ancestor going off to fight in 1914 and whose short tragic life in the 1920s was wrecked by his experience. Glad these remembrances didn’t stop after the big WW1 centennial celebrations – do see this impressive work if you can…. and check out where the number 102 fits in. Thanks, Mark!

    • Hi Mark,

      Many thanks for your insightful comments, I agree with you that these type of installations are useful to understand that generations have suffered from the loss of loved ones in conflicts around the world. It does make you wonder how people survived the carnage of the first and second world wars and then got on with their lives.

  2. Keith says:

    So where is the art that commemorates all merchant seamen from two world Wars? We are always forgotten and yet there were quite a few DEMS ships. Without the merchant navy we would never have won two wars. K

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