Shrewsbury: Symmetry - Wilfred Owen memorial sculpture

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Reference WMO109926

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Shrewsbury Abbey

Grounds of Shrewsbury Abbey

Shrewsbury

SY2 6BS

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other sculpture
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: 'Symmetry' is a memorial sculpture to the war poet Wilfred Owen in the grounds of Shrewsbury Abbey. It was designed by Paul de Monchaux and was unveiled on the 12th June 1993. Abstract concept sculpture entitled 'Symmetry' representing pontoon bridges over the Sambre canal, where Wilfred Owen was killed. The sculpture expresses the significance of the poet as bridge builder and communicator, and the stark shape also represents the structure of the trenches lined with duckboards. Symmetries in the design represent symmetries in Owen's poem strange meeting, from which the inscription is taken. Deliberate dual function as a bench represents another way of spanning the uncertain ground, a safe haven. The sculpture is mounted on a circular York stone base. There are plaques set within the base with narratives.
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I AM THE ENEMY YOU KILLED MY FRIEND/ WILFRED OWEN POET 18 3 1893 - 4 11 1918

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