Londoners were surprised with a stunning beam of light towering above the city on Monday’s First World War centenary
The past two weeks have been, to the world as a whole and the UK in particular, a time to remember those who took part in the war that changed the way the world fought for ever.
For someone as against conflict as I am, the idea of celebrating a bloody occurrence in the first place springs to mind conflicting feelings which at 40 I am not able to fully articulate. And , as an architect, the idea of celebrating a bloody occurrence through a permanent sculpture even more so.
Permanent sculptures are imagined to be permanent reminders of historical moments yet become invisible with the passage of time. As do buildings. As time goes by, they quickly turn into another one of the layers that define our cities and as such fail to fulfil the function that they were set to do.
In addition to that, the contemporary flow of information that allows us to make sense of occurrences, as they take place, has replaced those tales once told form a since source .
It is with all of this in mind that it becomes hard to remember the episodes that previous generations promised themselves to never forget .
This year, for the 100 th year anniversary of WW1 though, there has been a change: he art of ephemeral nature has replaced that of physical sculpture.Ice people, a light beam and ceramic poppies, amongst others, conceived to be shared and to build new memories from will soon disappear , yet i can guarantee that their memory will stay for ever .