Hope& Glory - 'Christmas Truce' - Fenton , Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK.
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N 52° 59.888 W 002° 09.868
30U E 556074 N 5872389
Quick Description: The black steel silhouette sculpture Hope & Glory - 'Christmas Truce' is located on Baker Street in Fenton.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/14/2019 7:29:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM10CK5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
The black steel silhouette sculpture Hope & Glory - 'Christmas Truce' represents the famous Christmas Day football 'truce' in the First World War It depicts two soldiers facing each other holding their rifles upside down. The sculpture is one of six that have been placed in the six towns of the City of Stoke-on-Trent to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

"Silhouettes to Commemorate the First World War in Stoke
Six stunning steel silhouettes are to be displayed in Stoke-on-Trent in memory of local people’s experiences of the First World War.
Six stunning steel silhouettes have been unveiled today to commemorate the end of the First World War through real life experiences of local people during the conflict. The panels will be on display to the public at Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Civic Centre in Stoke town until Friday October, 26. After this they will be separated and one will be installed in each of the six towns, where it’s hoped they will serve as a point of reflection and remembrance for the residents of Stoke-on-Trent.
They were designed by renowned Stoke-on-Trent artist Andy Edwards, whose works include celebrated statues of Stanley Matthews, Gordon Banks, The Beatles and the 1914 Christmas Truce monument in Flanders, Belgium. Local training provider and social enterprise PM Training then took Andy’s designs, cut out the silhouettes and fabricated the arches in steel, at their Artworks studio in Newcastle-under-Lyme under the supervision of workshop manager, Phil Brown. Apprentice Luke Steadman worked on the project as part of his NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations.
The silhouettes are 8ft tall and each feature a window scene depicting a different life story about what people from Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton experienced during the conflict. They include a VAD nurse tending to the injured, soldiers “going over the top”, the famous Christmas Day football ‘truce’, war horses, a touch on the subject of shellshock, now referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder and a welcome home. The silhouettes will leave a lasting legacy for residents to visit and reflect on the sacrifices made by their fellow citizens during the war.
Sculptor and PM Training’s resident artist, Andy Edwards said: “The silhouettes represent a window or doorway into our history and show the suffering as well as the resilience and spirit of the people of Stoke-on-Trent during the war.”
Luke Steadman, aged 17, worked on the statues as part of his NVQ in Performing Engineering Operations. “It was a huge privilege to work on this project,” said Luke. “It’s so important to remember those who changed the future for so many by giving up their lives.”
Leader of the council, Ann James said: “The silhouettes are absolutely stunning. We wanted to make sure that Stoke-on-Trent plays its part in commemorating those who fought and lost their lives during the Great War and it’s fantastic that the young apprentices at PM Training have been so heavily involved in the making these poignant pieces of public art. They, Phil and Andy have done a remarkable job in bringing to life the experiences of people from Stoke-on-Trent during the conflict.”
Cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, Councillor Daniel Jellyman said: “Earlier in the year we asked our residents to tell us of the experiences that their loved ones had during the First World War as we know that so many people across our city contributed to the war effort. We were inundated with family stories and by displaying these amazing sculptures in each of the six towns we hope to create a focal point where residents can visit, reflect and remember.”
The silhouettes, which have been paid for by contributions from ward councillors and the city of culture legacy budget, form part of the four-year citywide Stoke-on-Trent Remembers campaign to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. A number of other organisations, including St. Modwen have contributed to this campaign and highlights include, a specially commissioned First World War remembrance trail, the Bethesda Our Boys First World War exhibition at Bethesda Chapel, a banner illustrating the battles fought by the 5th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment which is on display at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in an exhibition entitled For the Fallen, and of course the Remembrance services which will be held across the city on November 11."
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An interview by Daniel Canavan and Operations Director PM Training and Artist Andy Edwards (Signal 1) can be heard at the following link: (visit link)
Title of Piece: Hope & Glory - 'Christmas Truce'

Artist: Andy Edwards

Material/Media: Steel

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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