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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.
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.
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