Having had major surgery on both hands this year, I lost most of the grip strength in my right hand and was told I wouldn’t be able to continue my work sculpting. I was wearing braces on both wrists the whole time and in constant pain. I found myself in a very dark place and then like many people, I found myself thinking of others worse off.  After watching footage of the soldiers coming back from Afghanistan with lost limbs, I began to think of the men who had died in the trenches – there seemed to be so many of them. Which got me thinking about numbers and the numbers that we so casually say aloud, e.g. six million Jews – what do those numbers actually mean? I settled for reasons I don’t really understand on the 19,240 men who died on the first day of the Somme.

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