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5,000 Melting Ice Sculptures Remember The Victims Of WWI
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5,000 Melting Ice Sculptures Remember The Victims Of WWI

Last week, we described a heart-wrenching memorial installation commemorating some of the lost soldiers of WWI, but now, one artist has created an art installation that also remembers the often-forgotten civilian deaths during “The Great War.”

Brazilian sculptor Nele Azevedo arranged 5,000 little ice figurines on the step of Chamberlain Square in Birmingham, U.K., to remember the men and women lost during WWI, including the civilians. The melting, ghostly figures, placed by volunteers, created a truly haunting image, and they were crowned by a red figure that seemed to drip a trail of blood down the steps.

I wanted to break with the traditional characteristics of a monument,“Azevedo told Birmingham Mail.  “My sculptures remember people who are not remembered by other monuments.

More info: neleazevedo.com.br (h/t: birminghammail.co.uk)

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Melodie
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That must have taken forever.

Ian Simkin
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was one of the volunteers who helped make the 5,000 figures. There was a team of roughly a dozen people + Nele & her small team & it took us 2 weeks to make them all. They had all melted in less than an hour from the start of the performance. p.s. despite what the author of this piece says there was no 'red figure that seemed to drip a trail of blood down the steps.' I should know - I was there. p.s. one of the most fantastic experiences I've ever had.

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Melodie
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That must have taken forever.

Ian Simkin
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was one of the volunteers who helped make the 5,000 figures. There was a team of roughly a dozen people + Nele & her small team & it took us 2 weeks to make them all. They had all melted in less than an hour from the start of the performance. p.s. despite what the author of this piece says there was no 'red figure that seemed to drip a trail of blood down the steps.' I should know - I was there. p.s. one of the most fantastic experiences I've ever had.

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