Visit Flanders Artwork
It may seem unreal now, but during Christmas 1914, on several locations along the Western Front Line, German and British soldiers climbed out of their trenches and tentatively started to fraternize. It allegedly began with Germans singing Christmas carols and putting Christmas trees on top of their trenches. Under the motto “You not shoot, we not shoot”, soldiers from both sides met each other in ‘No Man’s Land’.
Visit Flanders Street art project
It may seem unreal now, but during Christmas 1914, on several locations along the Western Front Line, German and British soldiers climbed out of their trenches and tentatively started to fraternize. It allegedly began with Germans singing Christmas carols and putting Christmas trees on top of their trenches. Under the motto “You not shoot, we not shoot”, soldiers from both sides met each other in ‘No Man’s Land’.
This (unofficial) truce gave them the opportunity to bury the dead that were left in ‘No Man’s Land’ but they also exchanged drinks, food and cigarettes. At one point, a football was kicked from somewhere and the soldiers started what seems like a game of football. It would turn out to be one of the truce’s most enduring images.
street art created in London and Berlin
One hundred years on, these unique events have been the inspiration for street art projects in London and Berlin, in order to remember a moment of peace that came out of such a brutal conflict.
The London art event had two UK-based artists and one German-based artist paint a huge mural in their own inimitable styles. Zadok (UK), Ninth Seal (UK) and Sokar Uno (Germany) collaborated for the first time ever, in the spirit of promoting ongoing peace.
painter at work
Come and watch the mural at the Shoreditch Art Wall in London’s Great Eastern Road from 15th December until 26th December.
The Christmas Truce in Flanders Fields - ©Imperial War Museum (Q31576)
A similar project has been created in Berlin, where a huge canvas artwork by Alaniz, Addison Karl and Wesr was put on display to the public at Potsdamer Platz (Berlin) on 16th December. After Potsdamer Platz this unique art work can now be admired at the Museum … till june 2015.
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