THREE Wessex-based artists have been commissioned by The National Trust to create four large installations at Stourhead to commemorate the effect of the First World War on the local community.
Stourhead Will Never Forget features work by the Scraptors Sculpture Group – artists Paul Boswell, Rachel Macleay and Anthony Wilson.
Two more sculptures will be added in 2016 and they will all remain in place until December 2017 – the centenary of the death of Harry Hoare, the heir to Stourhead who died in battle during World War One.
The project has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The four installations at Stourhead are:
Ebenezer Stone’s Bicycle – he was a stable lad at Stourhead who made a bike before 1914 but lost both legs in the war.
Arcadia to Armageddon – a 3D mural showing the transformation of a peaceful landscape into a battered battlefield.
A cluster of pyramids representing the Middle East where men in the Dorset Yeomanry served.
Middle East and Gallipoli – represented by a mural showing the Anzac Sphinx and a camel train.