CTV News Canada – Why ghostly silhouettes of soldiers are popping up across the U.K.
This November will mark 100 years since the end of the Great War, a bloody series of battles that killed more than 19 million people and rerouted the course of history.
The sheer scale of those losses can be difficult to comprehend, but a campaign in the U.K. is attempting to capture the indelible imprint of war with art.
Life-size sculptures of British First World War soldiers, who were known popularly as “Tommies,” have been installed across the country as part of the “There But Not There” project. Rather than depict the soldiers as individuals, the sculptures offer a mere outline of their bodies.
Tommies have popped up in Northern Ireland, London, Wales and Edinburgh.
Smaller 10-inch statues are being sold throughout the project. The goal is to raise £15 million, or $27 million, for charities that help veterans.