Arboretum

National Memorial Arboretum | 2016

Photo Credits: Philip Vile & Helen Marshall The Peoples Picture

This work of art was commissioned in 2016 to commemorate the opening of the new Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum. The prime image was taken by the artist in the Merchant Navy Convoy Wood. It is composed of more than 5,000 photographs and is over 4 metres wide.

Many of the portraits are of visitors and their families taken on-site or submitted online during a public campaign. The artwork also includes images collected from the archives of the National Memorial Arboretum. The work says something about the place, remembering and memorialising, but also wishes to celebrate the here and now and our collective presence.