Somme En Masse Art Project
Somme En Masse Art Project

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire asked visitors young and old to paint a soldier, one for every soldier killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme - 19,240 in total.

 

Figures of every hue snake their way across the grass as a poignant reminder of the scale of the losses.

To find out more about the National Memorial Arboretum, visit the website

Soldiers of every hue

Soldiers of every hue

The paintings varied in intricacy. Some were very simple, but others had lots of details about family members

The whole family got involved

The whole family got involved

Everyone who came past was asked to paint a soldier - and most agreed.  All ages gave it a go - some with more enthusiasm than skill...

Write a message for a family member

Write a message for a family member

Grown ups too gave it a go. This lady is writing hers in memory of a family member, but many people paid a more general tribute

A painted army

A Painted Army

A painted army snakes its way into the distance.  The last one was added at sunset on 18 November during a ceremony at the NMA to mark the end of the first Battle of the Somme.