‘Painful to watch’: WW I soldier sculpted from Passchendaele mud slowly dissolves in London

Damian van der Velden wanted her war memorial to reflect the horrors and sacrifices faced by soldiers on the mud-soaked battlefield of Passchendaele.

“I was trying to get the emotional or exhausting feeling that the soldier has to have at that moment,” the Dutch artist told As It Happens guest host Helen Mann.

The Mud soldier was unveiled Tuesday in London’s Trafalgar Square to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele.  Click here to read the full story on CBC.ca

Artificial rain falls on the Mud Soldier, sculpted from sand and mud from Passchendaele, Belgium. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The Mud Soldier
Already the Mud Solider has begun to fall apart. (Damian van der Velden)
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