PUBLIC EVENT - EXETER Shrouds of the Somme

  • 30th June 2018
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Northernhay Gardens, Exeter from June 30, until July 8, from 9am until 8pm.

The Shrouds of the Somme, a piece of art depicting more than 72,000 servicemen killed in Britain’s bloodiest battle is returning to Exeter in June.

Artist Rob Heard has had-carved a total of 72,000 12-inch high figures to represent the soldiers who were killed in the First World War.

Each figure has been wrapped and bound in a hand-stitched shroud and they will be arranged in rows on the ground in Northernhay Gardens in the centre of Exeter.

To herald the beginning of a series of major First World War centenary exhibitions, thousands of shrouded figures will be stacked – one on top of another - into a free-standing wooden representation of a ‘trench’ along which visitors will be able to walk.

The 2018 exhibition, in the form of a Trench, premiers in Exeter and is supported by Exeter City Council. Exeter was where the idea of the Shrouds of the Somme was born and where the Shrouds were first displayed in 2016, to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.