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D Day 70

The commission by Poole Museum for the D Day 70 commemorative installation was a deeply moving and immersive experience for both the artist and the public. Drawing on national and local archives, as well as interviews with Veterans and civilians, the artist's model making, drawing and developmental work was informed by the memories of events leading up to D Day.


The working process was highly collaborative, with ideas generated by the public being integrated into the progression of the outcomes. This allowed the work to have a much greater depth and meaning, elevating the project to a well-informed, personal commemorative installation. It was a privilege to meet so many people who generously offered a range of memories, which were integrated into the final piece.


Attention to detail was a key aspect of this installation, with the use of box making skills in the manufacture of the individual landing craft elements, and the historic detail etched on and through the surface. The artist took great care to ensure that each element was carefully crafted, and that each detail was faithfully recorded. One veteran's handwritten notes of his memories of the event of June 6th, were etched onto the base of one piece, while another visitor gave the artist certificates from her mother's time in the French Resistance and a certificate from General Eisenhower to her father, who was a pilot.


The surfaces of the installation were collaged with various documents, typed-up interview notes, military badges, maps, newspaper articles and details of memories. Some of these were clearly defined, while others were more faded and worn. The artist experimented with surface qualities to ensure that the pieces were able to convey the raw and unforgiving aspects of the event, creating a powerful and immersive experience for the public.

Overall, the D Day 70 commemorative installation was an absolute privilege allowing Jacky the opportunity to use her artistic skill and dedication, and collaborate with different member of the community to create a meaningful and impactful works of art. Its inclusion in the Poole Museum collection, and its loan to the Musée de la Libération, Cherbourg, stand as a testament to its enduring significance and impact.

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