SCULPTURE SATURDAY: Scottish Memorial in France

I debated with myself whether or not to post these images as some might wish to argue that they are not sculpture. Yet they were brought into being by a sculptor whose name unfortunately, I have not been able to find (I am still searching).

So here is the Monument to the Scottish fallen in World War 1, an unusual sculpture of granite slabs slotted together like dry-stone walling which stands in a field adjacent to the British Military Cemetery on the road between St. Laurent-Blangy and Gavrelle and which was unveiled on 9 April 1922, the fifth anniversary of the battle. Located north of the village of Athies it is not far from the battlefields of Loos and Arras.

Pont du Jour Memorial to the Scottish fallen

Around the field are individual stones with the names of Scottish battalions who fought here.

And a close-up of the plaque on the monument.

Ypres to the Scheldt 1915-1918

9 thoughts on “SCULPTURE SATURDAY: Scottish Memorial in France

  1. Yes, it’s sculpture!

    Someone once told me that sculpture only applies to artwork in stone, and the metallic constructions I like aren’t strictly ‘sculpture’

    I disagreed … sculpture is whatever you want it to be.

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  2. Thank you. That makes me feel really happy. I honestly wasn’t sure, but I felt it was sculpture. Someone had spent a lot of time and thought on making that impressive monumet.

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  3. “What is art?” The debate has raged and will rage from everlasting unto everlasting. What matters, I think, is how meaningful a work is and how it speaks to the observer. So much of modern abstract art does not speak to me at all and appears fatuous.

    These works that you present do speak to me and very strongly. Having lived thriough the war (though as a young child) that conflict has through my whole life played like a background theme and when I contemplate war memorials today, I still experience a strong emotion. I would like to have seen the memorial that you photograph here because it seems very eloquent in its apparent simplicity.

    So yes, it is art and at the same time, for us of this generation at least, much more.

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    1. Thank you for that comment, it gives me heart. I visit the battlefields regularly and my bookshelves are stacked with books about the two European wars and the Spanish Civil War. The memorial I featured is indeed moving, it is so different in its harsh granite and speaks to me of Scotland.

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  4. Glad you agree. This one is very different to the country’s memorials in France. To me it speaks of Scotland, the little that I know of it.

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