On Saturday, 215 Soldiers stood tall in Vigo Recreation Ground marking the centenary of the end of World War One and as part of the local community’s effort to honour the local men who lost their lives fighting for our country.
The Community Arts project supported by Andover Town Council created the 215 soldiers to represent the names written surrounding and on the cenotaph. Each figure was provided to a local school, community group or organisation to add finishing touches and be as creative as they remember the soldiers who fought for our freedom. Over 50 different schools took part as well as a wide range of community groups and organisations around Andover and surrounding areas. This project was made possible by The Artroom, Oakwoods, Commercial Lighting, Test Valley Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Tesco Bags for Help and Andover Radio.
This visual representation is truly a remarkable way as well as genuinely an emotional sight to see, that honours the 215 soldiers from the local area who died during the war. It’s a wonderful way to mark the centenary of WW1 and this year’s remembrance with all the community helping to make this emotional tribute come to fruition.
We, at MLG gazettes think it was an outstanding piece of art that brings together the whole community in an act of remembrance. Many commented on social media that it is a powerful and poignant piece of artwork to mark the start of Remembrance and we agree. Well done to everybody involved!
Lest we Forget