Over 200 blacksmiths from around the world are expected in Ypres for this big blacksmithing event. The main objective is to create the “The Poppy Cenotaph”, which is a steel plate measuring 7 metres high and 2 metres wide, into which a large Flanders Fields poppy has been cut, symbolising both the soldiers that lost their lives and those that survived, as well as their families and communities. 2.000 metal poppies will be attached to this “pillar”, which is surrounded by a low fence in the typical winding shape of the trenches. The artwork will be created in many different forges, but the finishing touches will take place on-site during the event on the Market Square in Ypres. The cenotaph will then be given a permanent place in Langemark next to the German cemetery. 

The event will feature 15 forging workshops in total, 3 of which are reserved for the public, for children and for shoeing horses. Two workshops will be dedicated to work on the poppies, while 10 others will focus on the panels to be placed around the central cenotaph. Numerous demonstrations and interactive sessions have also been planned, which will undoubtedly attract a large number of visitors. 

Key guests at this forging event are the British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) and the Ambachtelijke Smedersgilde België (ASB). A similar international forging event previously took place in Ironbridge, England, where a Pillar of Friendship was forged.

INTERNATIONAL BLACKSMITHING EVENT

Where

 8900 Ypres

When

From Thursday, September 1, 2016
To Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Contact

Local map

Below you will find an interactive map.

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