100th anniversary of the Declaration of War, 4th August.
Rituals of wrapping objects, wrapping memories is one that translates across all cultures, anywhere, anytime but especially in a time of hope and loss. The cloth is a marker for life, we begin our life wrapped as swaddling and we end it wrapped in a shroud.
Seven lit cloth boxes placed on the steps of ‘The Response’ memorial in Newcastle upon Tyne represent those soldiers and their families using the context of wrapping as a means to protect sons, brothers, fathers, while they are at war, but ultimately with a hope to bring them home, united and safe.
The use of cloth to wrap an object reminds us of the home and the comforts within it, but it also symbolises the shroud and the ritual of burial and memorial. The cloth used is silk, a material that was used to stitch hopeful wishes onto postcards known as silks. These postcards, made with a similar ritualistic intention of protection were sent to soldiers on the front line.
Commissioned by Newcastle City Council Arts Development Team.
Lighting : Louise Gregory
Sound : Benjamin Freeth
Technician: Rob Reed