British artist Nic Joly has used his mastery of miniature sculpture to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. He has created limited editions of his piece Never Forgotten, drawing on the ultimate symbol of Remembrance, the poppy.
Each day remembered
Unlike the successfully-auctioned original work, this edition of miniatures is 1,566 pieces - one for every day the war was fought. Each is labelled on the back with a small, unique piece of information about that day in the First World War. Each piece is as individual as every day of the war and every life lost.
Castle Galleries will donate £100 from every to The Royal British Legion, to support Nic’s goal of raising £150,000 to help support war veterans past and present.
Nic talked to a 96-year old war veteran about his experiences in the Second World War and those of his father in WW1. In that poignant moment, past and present combined.
“It became all so real, and so relevant. With humbling nonchalance, the veteran uttered words that will forever resonate with courage and fortitude: ‘We were just doing our job’."
The realisation that veterans seek remembrance for the sacrifice made by fallen comrades, rather than sympathy and awe inspired Never Forgotten, which has seen a phenomenal response on social media. There have been over 28,000 shares to date, and a great many comments taking pride in the bravery of those who fought, sharing memories of loved ones that were lost and giving gratitude for the freedom we now enjoy.
“In my own small way, I want this piece to remind us that all those who have given their lives, in conflicts from the First World War until the present day, will be Never Forgotten.”Nic Joly