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Conflict in Sculpture – the Stories behind our War Memorials

Hyde Park Corner Underground station, London (outside exit 3)

Guided by

Short version. "Yours has the suffering been, the memory shall be ours"

Long version.  Chapter headings: Controversy over nudity. Controversy over the equestrian statue of Wellington. The difficulties in conforming to War Department regulations about war memorials. Questions in Parliament about "the inscription." The dead artilleryman – Jagger's bold and controversial determination to show war for what it was. More amphitheatre than sculpture? An exercise in pensive abstraction? The long over-due memorial – or which never should have been built? Looking at these memorials is like looking at falling stars – flaring for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever. That light and that extinction has just reached us – so in a sense we're seeing the moment when these men and women made the supreme sacrifice. The difference is that light, that life, that sacrifice – that falling star – flares every time someone pauses and looks at these memorials. And reflects. That's what a memorial is.* 

This new walk is guided by a Naval Reservist and Contingent Commander RN, Army and RAF Sections. That background – that professional expertise – means Commander Andrew speaks with confidence about the military history and technical features behind these memorials.

It all comes down to the guiding. 

*Byron of course put it much better: "Death, the sable smoke where vanishes the flame." But the flame doesn't vanish – these memorials keep it alive.