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Tommy Remembers

By gingerdelight    
My tribute to the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 on 4th August 1914.

A bit about this statue:

A war-weary Tommy sits thoughtfully, head bowed, rifle in hand, as he reflects upon the sheer horror of World War One during the first minute after peace was declared in 1918. This imposing metal sculpture, entitled 1101, owing to the fact the armistice went into effect at 11am on November 11, 1918, stands 9ft 5ins tall and weighs 1.2 tonnes. Built out of special corteen steel, it has been installed on Seaham seafront in Country Durham to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War and will hopefully remain in place due to local people collecting enough money to keep it there.
Created by local artist Ray Lonsdale, the sculpture is also intended to represent Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which many of the returning soldiers endured. Mr Lonsdale got his idea for the piece after hearing a story about a soldier from nearby Murton, County Durham, who won a war medal.

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Voters: cabbie, CarolG, Philip_H and 22 more

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CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
2 Aug 2014 4:13PM
A very moving statue, Carol, and so well captured. Carol

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Philip_H 8 950 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2014 4:14PM
Superb statue, image and tribute.

RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
2 Aug 2014 4:27PM
It's a superb piece of work and hopefully will reman there as a reminder to us and next generations of the awful waste of war.
And as you indicate in your remarks, a lot of thought has gone into this creation, and from your image I can sense that despair that is meant to reflect the PTSD syndrome.
Thank you for telling of it an showing your image.
gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2014 4:32PM
You are very welcome Ronnie. I hope that all the media coverage next week will get it right, and tell the whole story sympathetically.
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2014 4:34PM
A very evocative sculpture Carol - thoughtfully designed - one can feel the despair of the sheer waste of human lives.
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mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.0k 2206 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2014 4:39PM
And the town has now raised the cash to keep him there! Smile
2 Aug 2014 5:26PM
good work by the town collecting enough to allow it to remain, says heaps in this day and age a fine capture and narrative

taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
2 Aug 2014 6:08PM
Excellent image!
Jasper87 Plus
10 2.5k 158 England
2 Aug 2014 7:04PM
Informative and very empathetically-processed illustrated, Carol.

A lovely image, interesting information and a great tribute. Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 101 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2014 4:18AM
Excellent portrayal of this stunning work of art.
Alison_S 14 339 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2014 7:21AM
Fantastic work..........
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 15 England
3 Aug 2014 1:00PM
A wonderful piece of artwork, and beautifully captured here, Carol Smile
Trev Smile

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