A 2.3m high free-standing wooden trench designed by Shrouds artist Rob Heard is being created in which the tens of thousands of Shrouds will be stacked. Visitors walking through will experience the immersive nature of this installation; it will generate incredibly powerful emotions, giving them a graphic sense of both being in a trench and what the large numbers of those killed really means. The names of those represented will be displayed on the outside of The Trench.
Rob says, “The Shrouds in their original ‘Layout’ format give dignity and attention to detail, representing the individual who perished; which is very important, to be able to give scale to the loss. The Shrouds in the ‘Trench’ represent the mass loss – a much more uncomfortable and oppressive image of a huge amount of people crushed together. These numbers represent only those with no known grave – a fraction of those who died in the whole battle. The walk through the 50 metre Trench will be like nothing else.”
The Trench premieres in Exeter from 30 June, supported by Exeter City Council. Event details can be found here.
Just 1 fifth of the Trench when it is completed