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Students Create Fitting Tribute to Fallen Soldiers
Level 3 Art and Design students recently transformed a local war memorial to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War.
The College was approached by Parish Councillor Brian Jefferson to design art work which would be installed at the war memorial in Halton ahead of Remembrance Sunday. In preparation for their project, the students conducted extensive research, including a trip to the Imperial War Museum North at Salford Quays to view the installation of ceramic poppies "Wave" and to research WW1.
Initial designs were formed through drawing, wire modelling and finally laser cutting, which allowed art and design lecturer Clare Anderson and engineering lecturer, Lou Boardley to approach Brian with 3D models for his seal of approval. The final design was created by the students with support from college technicians and the Fabrication and Welding department.
The art work consists of aluminium books and acrylic poppies to represent each the 26 soldiers from the Halton & Aughton area who lost their lives during WW1. The aluminium was generously donated by Thomas Grahams of White Lund Industrial Estate, Morecambe.
Tutor Clare Anderson stated; “I am very proud of our student’s hard work and creativity during this project and am very pleased with how the artwork has turned out. A lot of preparation, planning and time went into the production of the pieces. We are very grateful to Brian for giving us the opportunity to contribute to such a worthwhile project”.
The response from the wider community has been equally as positive, with people commenting on how ‘beautiful’ and ‘thoughtful’ the tribute is. A woman from outside the area who saw the images shared on social media, discovered her two great uncles, who were brothers who died in WW1, were remembered in the art work.
It is incredibly important for LMC students to get involved with practical projects based in their local community. A key part of their personal development, is being able to see the positive impact their work has on the wider society but also, provide material to contribute towards their individual portfolios.
The sculptures will be on display until the end of November at the war memorial in Halton.
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