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Where Their Footsteps Left No Trace

I have been going through old files (as with the last blog), and this is another piece of work I have re discovered that I installed at Coventry Cathedral. I hung this display by artist Roy Ray a few years ago now. It was an artwork portrayal remembering the innocent victims of conflict featured through five artwork sculptures dedicated to places hit by mass destruction, in Dresden, Hiroshima, Auschwitz, New York and Coventry.

Assorted fragments in the artwork reveal a child's shoe and the crushed remains of a mobile phone which reflect the human dimension and the unknown stories of peoples lives in the tragic events. Roy Ray, who created the work, was invited by the then canon director for reconciliation ministry, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz.

I had the simple frame built and installed downlighting to best display each piece of the artwork. In the darkness of the cathedral it had quite a dramatic effect. After a year on display in Coventry, the artwork went to New York and was put on display in St Peter’s Church near Ground Zero. It is now on permanent exhibition at the September 11 Memorial Museum in the World Trade Centre.

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