War Monuments & Memorials

I thought it was appropriate to conclude our first look at War Artists with War Monuments and Memorials. I’m not going to try to analyse any of these works as each one speaks for itself. Words are not required. Our thoughts for the children, women and men involved throughout time in conflicts from all sides bind us together.

To commence I have chosen the Cobbers statue which stands in the Reserve of The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, Australia. The sculpture was created by Peter Corlett as a memorial to Australian servicemen and their sacrifice at the Battle of Fromelles on the 19 July 1916, France.
This battle was the first major action by Australian troops on the Western Front in WW1 and the number of casualties was horrendous. I believe the same statue can also be found in the Australian Memorial Park Fromelles, France.

Next I want to show you the Korean War Veterans Memorial located in West Potomac Park (Washington, D.C.), near to the Reflecting Pool. The design was by Cooper-Lecky Architects who oversaw collaboration between several designers. It is remarkable and I highly recommend you take time to view the complete work as this is only a small segment.

In London there is a wonderful and very unusual memorial to The Women of World War 11. The sculpture was created by John W. Mills.

The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold consists of a site covering nearly 5 acres covered with 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field.
The slabs are arranged in rows, 54 of them going north–south, and 87 heading east–west at right angles but set slightly askew. The whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason. Underground a Place of Information holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.

I would also like to share with you the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa, Canada created by Studio Daniel Libeskind. Libeskind wanted to provide the opportunity to feel the weight of the past and hope for the future through its symbolic design features.
The Monument is conceived as an experiential environment comprised of six triangular, concrete volumes configured to create the points of a star.

The Isurava Memorial honours the Australians and Papua New Guineans who fought and died on the Kokoda Track (PNG) in World War II. I would like to salute my Dad in this context.

I have decided to conclude today with the Hiroshima Children's Peace Memorial, Japan.
The monument is dedicated to the memory of Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of child victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

There will be a break in the Blog for a day to reflect.

And then we are going back to France to look at the work of Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. Why Rodin? Because one of his most famous sculptures commemorates an event that occurred during the Hundred Years’ War between the French and the English. Why Camille Claudel? Because in addition to being Rodin’s model, lover and inspiration, Camille was his artistic equal.

Anne Newman

Oil Painter in realistic genre style, predominantly buildings and people. To continue the discussion contact Anne on anewman@netspace.net.au or phone +61 407 516 522

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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