TOP sculptor Louise Giblin is soon to reveal sculptures based on hand casts of ten serving and retired members of the British military who each served in different wars from 1941-2009 to support the British Legion.
The artist, sister of a recently retired RAMC officer, believes that while the military models are not famous, they deserve equal recognition and respect for what they have experienced on behalf of our country and hopes that this project will serve as a timely reminder.
Louise explains: “World War One was supposedly the ‘war to end all wars’ but we are surrounded by men and women who have risked their lives in countless wars since.
“According to some sources 1968 is the only year in the past century when we have not lost anyone in a conflict. I wanted to start creating a physical reminder and, cast in bronze, these plaques will last 3000 years.”
“My work usually focuses on what people choose to convey about themselves; for the Lest we Forget bronzes we concentrated on living memory and military identity. I am also producing drawings that look at the ways in which the rest of us remember wars – through memorials, photography, archival film as well as the motion picture industry.”
Lest We Forget will exhibit 7-15 November at Gallery Different, Percy St, London alongside Louise’s Living Legends, another well-known group of models including Michael Portillo, Olympian and ex-Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Lord Colin Moynihan, Duncan Goodhew MBE, skier Heather Mills, skater Dan Whiston and soul singer Reuben Richards.
A public commemoration evening opening on 11th November between 6.30-9pm will focus on the Lest We Forget series and commemorative readings.
Louise, a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, previously body cast Olympians Beth Tweddle MBE, Kriss Akabusi MBE, Dame Kelly Holmes, Sally Gunnell OBE and Paralympian Darren Leach for a London 2012 exhibition.