Sunday, December 13, 2015

Vimy Sculptures

These are the plaster cast scale models Walter Allward used while devising his plans for the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France, site of a horrendous battle during the First World War, one that was won by Canadian troops. The sculptures have a tremendous power, and are well situated here in Regeneration Hall.

38 comments:

  1. Very powerful and emotional sculptures. I actually got chills looking at them.

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  2. These would certainly be something to see.

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  3. I did not know this story. I know it thanks you.
    http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/vimy/index_e.shtml

    Tomás.

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  4. These are amazing! Thank you William.

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  5. Wow! These are amazing! They speak deeply without words.

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  6. These will get your blood flowing...wow, such great artistry. You can feel the power. I find them very emotional.

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  7. We never realize how much work and effort is put into a major sculpture let alone the creativity to come up with the idea in the first place.

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  8. Those are beautiful and yes, very powerful.

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  9. It always interesting to see model like these: we can understand better the final work.

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  10. Powerful funerary art, William








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  11. @Debs: they certainly have that effect.

    @Revrunner: possibly, yes.

    @Janey: they are, and it's an ideal space for displaying them.

    @Tomas: thank you.

    @Luis: you're welcome.

    @EG: Allward really did create a masterpiece with the monument, and these give it a very human, poignant touch.

    @Linda: that they are!

    @Norma: I quite agree.

    @Tex: they do have that effect.

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  12. @Lowell: they leave me humbled, seeing them.

    @Red: it took years to build the memorial. I'd love to see it for myself someday.

    @VDP: thank you!

    @Marleen: they are. These are about life sized. The ones carved into the memorial itself are larger.

    @Sharon: according to the stories I've heard, the irony is that when the Vimy Memorial fell into German hands during the Second World War, Hitler had the site safeguarded instead of destroyed- it didn't strike him as a glorification of the Allied victory in the First World War, but as a site of mourning.

    @VP: yes, that's true.

    @Cloudia: very powerful.

    @Shelly: indeed.

    @Cheryl: that too.

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  13. You do find the most interesting photo-ops!!!

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  14. How interesting to have the plaster casts. Interesting to me anyway.
    MB

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  15. Wow. These sculptures represent some dramatic human poses. Love the detail in the 5th and 6th photos.

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  16. Those are amazing sculptures beautifully photographed.

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  17. Great photos! Those are such beautiful and powerful sculptures!

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  18. Fantastic powerful work, as you say an horrendous battle...

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  19. The detail is amazing. No wonder the statutes make such a statement.

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  20. These are so striking. I can imagine the larger final ones are even more powerful. Wow!

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  21. i am always amazed by the details in statues, reminds me of star wars when harrison ford gets made into stone, i know that is not the wording. but i think you will know what i mean. so life-like. very cool. ( :

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  22. Quite wonderful! Nicely photographed too.

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  23. Beautiful and detailed sculptures, very well photographed.

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  24. Goodness me they really are a poerfull series of sculptures William, would love to see them together in France.

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  25. @Jennifer: this museum has plenty of those.

    @MB: interesting to me too!

    @Janis: it is.

    @Gemma: thanks!

    @Denise: thank you.

    @Tamago: someday I'd like to see their finished counterparts on the Vimy Memorial.

    @Geoff: like so many battles of that war. Pure hell on earth.

    @Mari: they certainly do.

    @Kay: that part of France is a place that has become sacred for my country.

    @Beth: I can see that.

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Grace: I would too.

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  26. These are really beautiful sculptures. Your photos are lovely.

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  27. What a great collection of sculptures, wonderful.

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