To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, this November an astonishing art installation will be created next to the ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 72,396 shrouded figures, all made by one man (Somerset artist Rob Heard) will be laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder covering an area over 4,000 square metres.
Each figure represents a British serviceman killed at the Somme who has no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. The display will be extraordinary in its impact and recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Visitors entering the ArcelorMittal Orbit will have the opportunity to admire this installation from the observation platforms and the outside observation walkway suspended 262ft above the ground.