The UK’s first Remembrance Art Trail is set to open in Canary Wharf. Created by multi-disciplinary and international award-winning artist, Mark Humphrey, the trail has been commissioned by Canary Wharf Group, in association with The Royal British Legion and has been constructed with the Corps of Royal Engineers. The trail will consist of seven art installations located throughout the Canary Wharf Estate. Each piece of work will have a different focus within the wider theme of military experience and together they tell an extraordinary visual story about the nature of sacrifice and service by our Armed Forces.
Opening to the public on 1 November, the pieces will be installed by serving and former members of the Armed Forces and the Corps of Royal Engineers. The art works will be located at seven prominent points across the Canary Wharf Estate and will be open daily. The installations can be explored in any order, but will come together to tell a powerful visual story that encourages personal reflection and contemplation. The seven beautifully crafted pieces are the culmination of over a year’s work by London based artist, Mark Humphrey. Each of the pieces is being created here in the UK at the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) in Chatham, using materials salvaged from military sources and some military manufacturing techniques. Mark has previously created several large scale artworks for the Armed Forces and military charities, including the marble war memorial poppy, titled ‘Forever’, at Royal Wootton Bassett, in addition to the First World War Centenary art statue obelisk, ‘Every Man Remembered’, commissioned by The Royal British Legion.
Speaking about his work, artist Mark Humphrey said: “My idea for the Remembrance Trail attempts to engage the public during poppy appeal, by capturing the emotion of the armed forces. Using military engineering, materials and equipment, the artworks are designed for reflection, awareness and fund raising, paying respect to our servicemen and women.”
Speaking about the trail, Matt Maer, Director Group Security & Business Continuity, of Canary Wharf Group and one of a number of former servicemen employed by the company said: “The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal activity at Canary Wharf is always embraced by those who live and work in the area. Recognising the support, this year, we decided to do something on a larger scale to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces. A number of the team here at Canary Wharf have served in the Forces. Indeed, around 65% of our Security Staff are former Servicemen. For them and those still serving this really does mark a momentous event.”
This not only offers an occasion for the public to reflect on current serving and fallen servicemen and women but is an excellent opportunity for the Royal Engineers to showcase their artisan skills to the Public during the year of ‘Sapper 300’, the commemoration of our tercentenary.”
The exhibition is being delivered in association with The Royal British Legion. As the nation’s custodian of Remembrance the Legion is the UK’s only charity with Remembrance within its core charitable objectives.
Speaking about the project, The Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch KCVO of The Royal British Legion’s Head of Remembrance said:
“Projects such as the Trail are important to the Legion’s work in bringing Remembrance to new and more diverse audiences, and ensuring they have opportunities to participate. The trail will raise awareness of the vital support work carried out for the Armed Forces community by the Legion and a number of other military charities who form part of the Legion’s network.
After the trail closes, some of the pieces will be loaned to supporting charities in order to help continue raise awareness and donations. These include, RAF Benevolent Fund, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Not Forgotten Association, Britain’s Bravest Manufacturer’s Company, The Poppy Factory Richmond, Stoll and Combat Stress.
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