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Lichfield Cathedral art installation to commemorate the Battle of the Somme

An art installation at Lichfield Cathedral will commemorate the Battle of the Somme.

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will voice war poetry as part of the project being created by Luxmuralis using light and sound artworks.

Eddie Redmayne recording war poetry in Lichfield Cathedral

Eddie Redmayne recording war poetry in Lichfield Cathedral

It will take place over three evenings from August 4 to 6 and see the inside of the cathedral transformed to symbolise the journey taken by soldiers travelling to the front.

Jason Dyer, from Lichfield Cathedral, said: “Within the cathedral there are books of remembrance that record all those who sacrificed their lives from our region in the Great War. We hope this very special commemoration event for the Battle of the Somme will provide a poignant, respectful and moving way in which all visitors can remember those who lost their lives during this tragic time.”

Peter Walker

Peter Walker

The installation has been developed by the team at the cathedral as part of Peter Walker’s artist in residency programme. Other projects have included a Christmas light show and the Somme et Lumière during the Lichfield Festival.

Peter said: “In the heat of conflict 100 years ago, some of the most remarkable poems in the English language were written by young men and women who lost their lives.

“Eddie Redmayne’s recitations of four of these poems form a central moment of reflection on the beauty and emotive nature of art.”

Entry to the commemoration will be every 30 minutes from 7pm until midnight.

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