Wreath

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Wreath © Claire Brewster 2014

Wreath

When I was a teenager studying English literature at school, we studied the First World War poets.  I found them very affecting, they were full of so much pain, loss, futility and wasted youth.  They death and destruction they were about was on an unimaginable scale.  My romantic teenage soul was very much affected by the poems we read.

When I was researching my piece for the Shadows and Dirt exhibition, I took my inspiration from those poems.  The poppy is forever a symbol of remembrance of those lost to war.  If you go to the battlefields in Europe, one of the most poignant sights is the row upon row of graves, each one with a poppy.

My piece takes the form of a deconstructed wreath.  The poppies stand to attention in rows to remind of of loss in all its forms.

There are 30 poppies, each acid etched from brass.  The poppies are not treated in any way so they will change with time, each one taking on it’s own pattina as they are exposed to the environment.

This sculpture was made for a group Exhibition, Shadows and Dirt, you can read all about it here.

Wreath is about 130 cm by 130 cm.

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Wreath © Claire Brewster 2014

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Wreath © Claire Brewster 2014