Falklands War Memorial

Submitted by John Clark

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Client

Location: Pangbourne, United Kingdom

Completion date: Jan 01, 1999

Artwork budget: $40,000

Project Team

Artist

John Kenneth Clark

Industry Resource

Derix Glasstudios

Derix Glasstudios

Overview

There are no defined suggestions as to how the Falklands War should be commemorated, but there is Archive material that can be referred to by the artist if required.
d) The window should clearly reflect the following facts and concepts:
The Falklands war
A Memorial to the dead
The deity
Peace out of chaos
Dimensions 144 panels 18in x 18in. 104 etched flashed glass, 36ft x 36ft

Goals

The window is the focal point of this building and was designed and accepted before the building was constructed. The design is made up from the three natural "elements" of water, sky/air, and earth/rocks. These three "elements" have a logical association to the three branches of the armed forces, the Navy/Submariners, the Air Force and the Army and SAS who all participated in this operation.

I have sought to create an image built up from glimpses of seascape, landscape and sky using horizontal perspective to give a sense of the distance traveled by the Task Force and the fact that these are relatively small islands a very long way from home. Although made up from constantly changing viewpoints I have sought to achieve a sense of harmony and to arrive at "peace out of chaos".

Process

I was interviewed by a panel made up from admirals, politicians and others involved in creating this memorial. There were three other presentations made including from the architect. I was selected. After being selected, I had several meetings with the advisory committee showing the methods used and seeking approval before the final work o the glass took place. The project was made in the Derix Glass Studios in Germany where I have created many works and am easily integrated there when working on a project.

Additional Information

The task of designing a memorial is always a difficult one. When invited to design the Lockerbie Window I was asked to create a "memorial and not a reminder". In this project I have also used this precept. The function of a stained glass window, particularly in a sacred environment, is to create an atmosphere within the building which enhances the architecture and adds a quality to all aspects of the interior space.