Southwark Council announces new war memorial to be unveiled

New war memorial in Walworth Square. [Photo by Juliana Onetti]

Southwark council announced this week that a new War Memorial is to be unveiled. The special dedication ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 27th in Walworth Square, Elephant and Castle’s new public space.

The memorial was designed by Scottish sculptor Kenny Hunter and commissioned by Southwark Council with support from Lendlease and the Contemporary Arts Society.

The bronze sculpture represents a boy – the figure of the youth looking to the future – standing on a fallen tree trunk to illustrate the lives lost by war. Then there is the inscription “Against the armour of the storm I’ll hold my human barrier“, which is a line from a poem written during World War Two.

The contemporary memorial was proposed for the new Walworth Square space as part of the regeneration of Elephant and Castle, in order to commemorate the memory of those who have lost their lives in war and conflicts.

Kenny Hunter said to Southwark Council, “This proposal is largely structured around two coexisting dualities. The first sets in opposition, the trauma of war to the idealism of childhood innocence expressed through the fallen tree and the figure of the youth. The second is between this horizontal bronze tree and the living trees that surround it. One is memorialised, while the others continue to grow and change.

Source: Southwark Council on Twitter