LEST: A Somme Memorial
Somme Project in Aid of Help for Heroes Raising £55,000 creating 20,590 ceramic pieces: 19,240 named tablets and 1,350 ceramic lillies
Can you help my friends get a wonderful project off the ground, they are trying to raise £24,000 to create an emotive art installation/memorial which will let them give £55,000 to Help for Heroes in memory of those that died at The Somme on 1st July 1916 and also refund your money
I have used their descriptions for the project, below, and think it is a truely great idea and will have as valid, if more initmate, an impact on those that see it as the Tower Poppies did last year in London
In very basic terms (without emotion impact or artistic merit) each element of his project will cost about £1 and will be sold, on average for £5 so any pledged money will become 5 fold at the end'
You also get your money back, at the project's end to use again, maybe, on his second project starting in September 2016 helping the homeless men, women and children of the UK by creating (with 51 other artists) a year long photographic diary. You can, obviously, add your refunded money to the H4H gift, give it to a charity of your own chosing or keep it for another purpose the choice is yours.
The Reason for The Somme Project 2015-2016:
On the 1st of July 1916 on the first day of the Battle of Albert at the Somme 60,000 British troops were killed or injured as they climbed out from the trenches, our worst day in the war
They will create an art installation in memory to the 19,240 British soldiers who lost their lives on that one day and when the individual ceramic pieces are sold it will raise funds of £55,000 for Help for Heroes
This will be a world first too, it was mentioned there is no single monument to the fallen on that day even though it is regarded as one of our worse days for causualties.
The tablets (glazed white and each baring the name of a fallen soldier in red letters) are 1cm x 1cm x 8cm (the approximate size of a Lee Enfield cartridge) and these will be laid out to form the word LEST.. (Lest we forget).
Surrounding this word will be 1,350 blue lillies, in memory of the French who died alongside us that day, making a red, white and blue installation of approximately 3m x 5m in size
The hoped for impact:
To begin the viewer will see these huge letters and have their first thoughts and reactions, then, when they see each letter is made up of almost 5000 individual names, the realisation of the death toll will be realised which, he believes, will bring home how terrrible that day was for our nation and how horrifying it must have been for those men.
From July 2016, when completed, the memorial will travel to Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Loughborough, Leicester and Stoke, where it will be seen by many 1000's of people with the possibility of going to other venues as well
This Kickstarter project will support all aspects of the art work/memorial including materials, labour and a full time apprentice gaining a NVQ for their efforts during the year.
Help for Heroes £55,000
At the end of the project there will be 20,590 ceramic pieces which can be sold and so raise funds for Help for Heroes:
If the tablets sell for only £2 and the lillies for £5 this will raise over £50,000 which is enough to honour your rewards also giving Help for Heroes a gift but if they sell for £4 and £10 then your refund plus the £55,000 target, solely for Help for Heroes, will be reached
He has already been on BBC radio outlining his project and has recieved interest from local TV channels who say they will come out when work is underway and they have something to film for their programmes.
Given the media coverage and from being seen firsthand by the public, along with flyiers, postcards (and maybe a booklet) a huge amount of money will be raised.- and all will go back to you and to Help for Heroes, with no one in the project getting rich from it
a verse written by BenevolentJoy (Florida) after seeing this kickstarter project
Lest crimson armies
Rise and fall
Lest soldiers die
For naught For all
Lest children never born give way
Lest politicians have their say
Lest generations not born yet
LestI l and everyone forget
Below is a final piece of information taken from KickStarters webpage, that shows pledged money is not taken until the project is successful funded by the full 24,000 and as such not taken when initially pledged
QUESTION: If my project is successfully funded how do I receive my funds? ANSWER: If your project is successfully funded, the funds pledged are debited directly from backers' cards. There is a 14-day window following your project's deadline for collecting and processing pledges.......
Risks and challenges
Time is the main concern as the completion date is one year away and the sooner the work can be started the easier everything will be.
I do, however, believe my apprentice and I can complete the work but I have 3 artist friends who have agreed to help if needed in the future
Materials are only clay and as such readily available and will cause no hold ups and the work load is achievable in a 5 day week so weekends could be used if delays do ocur
As for selling of the work, with the success of the Tower Poppies this installation's sale will easily raise funds for Help for Heroes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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