'Forever' Memorial Poppy Sculpture

Submit a new image

Reference WMO241424

Address:

Junction of A3102 and Marlowe Way

Royal Wootton Bassett

SN4 8DP

England

Open large map
Edit memorial location & address
Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Other sculpture
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: No lettering
Conflicts:
  • Afghanistan (2001 -)
  • Iraq (2003-2009)
About the memorial: The poppy, named 'Forever', was donated to the town by its creator, artist Mark Humphrey. It was carved by stone masons Marble Studio Stagetti in Pietrasanta, Italy. It was unveiled by Princess Anne on 21st June 2016 and dedicated by the Bishop of Ramsbury Dr Edward Condry. It is made from hard marble chosen to represent the harshness of war. The Carrara marble is white, to signify peace, but at night it is lit with red lights for remembrance. The heart shaped petals represent gratitude, honour, love and respect. The petals meet to form a cross as a symbol of sacrifice and forgiveness. It commemorates the 355 fallen military personnel who passed through the town between spring 2007 and summer 2011. The sculpture weighs 4.5 tonnes and is 3m across.
Edit memorial details
Report this condition update
View more details

Inscription is on a separate brushed aluminium sign, mounted on a post nearby. It reads: Forever unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal and dedicated by the Rt. Revd. The Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry on 21st June 2016. 'This stone poppy memorial is crafted from hard marble to represent the harshness of war; the white of the stone signifies peace, illuminated by red in remembrance; its delicate petals show the vulnerability of human life, shaped into four hearts to express gratitude, honour, love and respect; the petals meet to form a cross as a symbol of sacrifice and forgiveness.' Donated by Mark Humphrey, creator.

None

Information Required

Information Required

Information Required

Information Required

Information Required

Information Required

Information Required

Information Required

Information Required