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Thursday, 27 July 2017

'Mud Soldier' at Trafalgar Square

If your visiting London do go and visit Trafalgar Square today or tomorrow (July 28th)

Just outside the National Gallery sits a weary soldier... 

Original Image Credit: Centenary News 

The end of July 2017 marks 100 years since the Third Battle of Ypres or known to many as the Battle of Passchendaele during the Great War. One of the most bloody battles of the First World War, not only were the soldier fighting the opposition but also battling the treacherous weather conditions. Incessant rain turned the trenches into mud baths and many drowned in the thick sludge. 

Image Credit: The Telegraph 

...The solider, sculpted by artist Damien Van Der Velden is made from a mix of sand and mud taken from the Flanders Field in Belguim. He sits within a framed open cage that dispenses a continuous flow of rain. Over the days he is on display, he will dissolve. It is a very poignant installation signifying how many lost their lives: disappearing into the muddy abyss overcome by the horrific conditions they faced during this deadly battle. 

Image from Installation commissioned by VISITFLANDERS