The Battle of Verdun ( February 21, 1916 – December 20, 1916) is one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the Great War, which should never be forgotten.
This composition, I made with a part of a French helmet which was found in the soil of the Verdun surroundings. The British 18 pounder, mentioning ‘Verdun’, is beautiful decorated with sunflowers. I completed everything with a peace dove in stained glass and illuminated it with a ledstrip.
Measures; height; 54cm
width; 21 cm
weight; 2.5 kg
The shell is from the 'Canon de 105 mle 1913 Schneider', a French artillery piece used in WW I. This cannon was pulled by horses.
Conditions were severe for horses at the front because they were killed by artillery fire, suffered from skin disorders and were injured by poison gas. Hundreds of thousands died.
The military mainly used horses for logistical support because they were better than mechanized vehicles at traveling through deep mud and over rough terrain.
The shell was partly cut out and as a tribute I placed a warhorse head in glass. At the bottom is a poppy with in the centre a bullet soil sample of the Pond Farm.
Measures: height: 39 cm
weight: 2,8 kg