Remembrance tree reminds us of futility of war
Published 29/07/2014 | 02:30
A new exhibit in St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I will remind people of the futility of war.
"This is an inclusive monument and will connect with any culture and country in the world," said Rev Victor Stacey, dean of the cathedral. "Commemorating the fallen soldiers from WWI seems more poignant given the current conflict in Gaza."
Entitled 'The Tree of Remembrance', the new monument features a warped and barren tree trunk covered in faux barbed wire.
Visitors are encouraged to write messages to fallen soldiers or civilians affected by conflict on foliage-shaped pieces of papers and tie them to the barbed wire.
"Over 1.6 million people will visit this monument in the next four years," St Patrick's education officer Andrew Smith said. "Their messages of positivity will detract from the ugliness of war."
The statue stands in the north transept of the cathedral. It is a fitting home, given that the stained glass triple lancet behind it was designed by Welsh artist Frank Brangwyn, who produced more than 80 posters during the war.
Another window commemorates the role of the Royal Irish Regiment in South Africa between 1899 and 1902.
The statue is part of the 'Lives Remembered' exhibition which includes interactive timelines and videos of WWI veterans.