Soldier sculpted with mud from Flanders on display in London

27 July 2017 | Pamela Linden

In the lead-up to the UK national commemorative events to mark the centenary of Passchendaele, VISITFLANDERS, in conjunction with Westminster City Council, launched a special artistic interpretation, The Mud Soldier, on Tuesday 25th July 2017 on the Portico Terrace, National Gallery, London.

Crafted with sand mixed with mud from Passchendaele, Flanders Fields, Belgium, this unique expression of art will be displayed on the North Terrace of London’s Trafalgar Square for just four days. During the course of this time, the Mud Soldier, will slowly dissolve as it is exposed to rain. Nearby, information panels will offer an explanation about its significance in the commemoration of the collective sacrifice of those who fought in this significant battle, known for its atrocious mud.

VISITFLANDERS has commissioned this artistic impression as part of its five year commemoration programme. It is one of the commemorative activities to remember the unique historical significance that the Great War had on this small region of Belgium from 1914-18. The area still attracts thousands of British and Commonwealth visitors, keen to find out more about this period of history which shaped our society today. Andrew Daines, Director of VISITFLANDERS, UK and Ireland said “We hope that this art installation will inspire the visiting public to think about this milestone year in the Centenary of one of the

First World War’s most horrific battles. Art can provide more powerfully, the deep emotions brought forward by war and the Mud Soldier represents those feelings in more of a thought provoking way, even stronger than words can express”.