People from across the world have made the 600,000 sculptures. Discover stories of some of the makers behind the sculptures. 

Canadian actor RH Thomson travelled through Flanders Fields to trace his Canadian family and discovers the reality of the Battle of Passchendaele.


The opportunity to make a statue in memory of just one of those who fell was a privilege as well as an education which I wanted my grandchildren to experience, young as they are. My own children knew their grandfather who was a veteran of the Second World War. During the five days the Project was in Halifax, I went every day and made seven sculptures in total; my grandchildren each made two and my daughter one, taking time to perfect it. My grandson, age 6 at the time, wore his dog tag around his neck to school. He is anxious now to learn about “his soldier”. My granddaughter, then age 4, gave her sculptures faces.

Margo Sly, Halifax

RH Thomson

John travelled two hours to Halifax where a temporary ComingWorldRememberMe workshop was organised in September 2017. He did this in honor of his great-grandfather who fought in WWI.

group of volunteers

This group of volunteers from the Western Front Association has come all the way from Woucester and Herefordshire to help to build up the land art installation.

CWRM sculpture

I had the honour to open the workshop in Ypres on 11 November 2017. At one point, an older English gentleman and a young Canadian student came in to make a sculpture. They had met earlier that day at Tyne Cot Cemetery. He was here to commemorate his grandfather, while she was in Flanders Fields to honour the Canadians who fell here during the Great War. So when he told her about his grandfather and how he was planning on making a sculpture later that day to honour him, she was completely overwhelmed and decided to join him. It was truly moving to see young and old connecting as part of our remembrance sculpture project…

Youri Van Miegroet, CWRM workshop coach, Ypres
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