D Day 70

National and local archives and interviews with Veterans and civilians about their memories of events building up to D Day informed the model making, drawing and developmental work.

My working process provoked a great deal of dialogue. Ideas generated with the input from the public were integrated into the progression of the outcomes, to allow the work to have much greater depth and meaning.

It was privilege to meet so many people who generously offered a range of memories to elevate the project to a well-informed, personal commemorative installation, part of the Poole Museum collection, and was also exhibited on loan to Musée de la Libération, Cherbourg.

 

Attention to detail was a key aspect of this piece, both in the use of my box making skills in the manufacture of the individual landing craft elements, but also with the historic detail etched on and through the surface. One veteran’s handwritten notes of his memories of the event of June 6th, were etched onto the base of one piece. Another visitor gave me certificates from her mother’s praising her efforts in the French Resistance and a certificate from General Eisenhower to her Father, who was a pilot.

The surfaces of these pieces were collaged with various documents, typed up interview notes, military badges, maps, newspaper articles and details of memories. Some of these were clearly defined, whilst others were more faded and worn. I experimented with surface qualities to ensure these pieces were able to convey raw and unforgiving aspects of the event.