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Armed Forces Memorial

THE MEMORIAL

The Armed Forces Memorial is a stunning piece of architecture in its own right. It was created by the Liam O'Connor, Architect, and his team including Alan Baxter & Associates, consulting engineers, Thompson Cole Ltd, quantity surveyors and the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.

The architect drew his inspiration for the design from several sources including the grassed circular mound at Silbury Hill, Stonehenge, the Pantheon in Rome and the Malwiya Minaret in Iraq.

The Memorial comprises two parts: a large earth mound or tumulus and a circular structure on top formed by curved Portland stone walls open at the east and west sides and with an obelisk at the eastern end. At the heart of the memorial, situated at the centre of each of the two straight stone walls are bronze sculptures.
The Memorial - David Faul
There are apertures in each of the walls to the south side of the Memorial which are so aligned that if the sun shines at 11.00am on the 11th November the rays of the sun will fall across a wreath placed at the exact centre of the Memorial.

The bronze figures in the sculptures draw on classical imagery to produce an emotional response. The symbolism used records sacrifice and loss.

The Royal British Legion Millenium Commission



 

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