Remembrance Field - Shrewsbury

2nd February 2016
10.00am - 4.00pm, Mon - Sat

A special installation by Carl Jaycock for WWI commemorations

A special installation by Carl Jaycock, ‘Remembrance Field’ casts a light on the 4,663 individuals from Shropshire who gave their lives during the First World War. Where possible the installation uses portraits of men and women from Shropshire and additionally is supported by images of other men and women from Britain who displayed great acts of courage and bravery during WW1.

Prints are formed into tubes with the thousands of faces on them, mirroring the shell cases that were made in their millions in munitions factories, and includes portraits of the female workers from Hereford munitions factories. These workers were affectionately known as the ‘Canary Girls’ due to their skin going a yellow colour due to handling the chemicals when making the shells.

The installation makes use of St Mary’s WWI commemorative chapel and on closer looking reveals a few old original WW1 shells decorated with flower patterns and negated of their original use by the soldiers 100 years ago.

This created what we now call trench art. The installation flows from the WWI remembrance altar with original shells and finishes with 113 candles which are symbolic of all those unknown soldiers on the monuments of Shropshire. The project concept and installation is by artist Carl Jaycock, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The work is also supported by The Churches Conservation Trust, Shropshire Regimental Museum and Herefordshire Archive Services.

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