I have designed several war memorials in the past but my designs were found to be
too emotional, War memorials that are also art enter this emotional arena. For Instance
the sculptor Sergeant Jagger did this very cleverly in the subtext of the brooding
sentry at Paddington station left. It is a very difficult and sensitive balance
to get right that is why most memorials that are made are neutered architecture designs
avoiding real feelings and experience. One of my favourite memorials is the one
in the centre of Derby , left, designed by Charles Clayton Thompson and made by
A. G. Walker which speaks of loss and sacrifice not only of the individual service
men but of their families and children and fearlessly expresses emotion.
It was with great pleasure that I was asked to make this memorial The hands were
suggested to me by Major Rikki Peters and his committee had already decided to enter
the territory of emotion but in a simple straight forward way that says we care about
our service men and women as individual people and we ask all of you to care as well.
This memorial is not a cipher it is a simple statement of the love in action practiced
at this respite home.