Commemoration: Visual texts
Commemoration: Visual texts

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Commemoration: Visual texts

2 Conclusion

We have now looked specifically at two considerable monuments created at about the same time to commemorate the First World War. You have been using your eyes, and looking closely to respond to visual clues. We hope you found that, in doing so, you developed your understanding of them as memorials and also as ‘made objects’; and that in the process of asking questions about them you have reached some kind of explanation as to why they are as they are.

Exercise 15

We would like you to conclude this section of your work with a piece of writing. Aim for a length of about 500 words. The question to answer is:

‘If you had been on a war memorial committee in your locality in 1921, what would you have wanted to commission as a war memorial?’

You might like to consider the following factors: location; purpose and function of building; symbolism or realism; use of paint, stone, marble, etc.; overall form.

Whatever you decide, the crucial thing is to identify what you feel to be important, and give your reasons why. When you have completed this task, spend time on reflecting over your work in this section.


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