Scout Memorial Project nearing completion.
I have been working on the Scout Memorial Project for a few months now and am currently carving the last of the 7 large blocks that will form the circular memorial to be sited at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. I am delighted to have just received a number of images taken by photographer Alun Callander early in the project. The brilliant images depict the first stages of the carving work on one of the stone figures and another image of a clay model showing how the 7 stones will look together. The images were used in an article for the Scout Magazine which can be viewed at http://members.scouts.org.uk The article details the origins of the project, how the money was raised to fund it and details of the design phase of the work.
With the dedication of the Scout Memorial due to take place on June 5th, I will post images shortly of more of the completed elements. Aside from the 7 pieces that form the circle, there will also be a kinetic fire sculpture in the centre which will move in a gentle breeze. This is being created by Angela Conner. There will be inscriptions incorporated into both the sculpture and into the paving that will lead the viewer around the work. In addition there are also further elements that will be placed in the surrounding woods. These will be carvings of typical Scouting objects such as climbing ropes, axes and tent pegs etc. The whole memorial should capture the feel of a Scout fire scenario, it will be thought provoking and stimulating, it incorporates a lot of symbolism that anyone who has served in the Scouts will be able to associate with.
There are more examples of Alun’s photography at http://aluncallender.com