Sunday, 13 November 2011

St Paul's Poppies

On Armistice Day artist Ted Harrison "unveiled" his poppy portraits of child soldiers under the dome of St Paul's Cathedral. From ground level, it looks like a random fall of remembrance poppies, but from the Whispering Gallery you can see their portraits. On the left is a boy soldier from World War I. At the top is a modern girl soldier (Harrison points out that a third of child soldiers are girls). On the right is an African boy soldier. The work seems unnamed, but Harrison emphasized "Innocence Betrayed" in his video on St Paul's website (CLICK) and I can't think of a better title. The small figure is Harrison posing to give scale to his work. Click the title link for a magnificent photo by Paul Hackett.


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