those who fall


those who fall

 

 

Those who fell

 

 

Having very little money and nowhere else to stay, Peter Fend found himself sleeping on the floor of our flat in Clerkenwell for a few nights on his way back to New York via London from the Cologne Art Fair.

Looking through a catalogue of our work, he stopped and put the publication down. He looked up and said:
“I know this statue … it’s a First World War Memorial … it’s just down the road next to the Underground Station at Chancery Lane.”
“That’s right” we said, somewhat surprised “we’ve used it a number of times in our installations.”
“Every time I am in London I visit that statue” he went on “and I always think of the story of the soldiers trapped in the trenches for months on end; until finally a group of young engineers presented a plan which entailed digging a tunnel beneath the German lines … which their Commanding Officer rejected out of hand.”

As lives continued to be sacrificed, the engineers decided to act. They tunnelled under the German trenches and a contingent of soldiers emerged and destroyed the enemy position.
“… Anyway, rather than being given a medal for saving lives the engineers were court martialled for disobeying orders.”
He picked up the catalogue and looking at the statue:
“A memorial” he sneered “to those who Fell.”

 

 

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