- public art + people
- can art change the way people feel about their community?
- can public art be something that is already there?
- can public art make people feel safer?
Forget Me Not Dazzle Horse
Cheriton / November 2018
With funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Strange Cargo carried out research online, at the Imperial War Museum, at local exhibitions and museums and with support from local historians, which enabled us to develop a programme aimed at showing people what life in Cheriton was like during the First World War. The programme was part of a project called Forget Me Not and in remembrance of the sacrifice of local servicemen and women and their families during the Great War.
King George V and Lord Kitchener visited Shorncliffe Barracks and rode through Cheriton in 1915 and it was this historic visit to the town that was the starting point for this aspect of our heritage project, shown in the photograph loaned to the project by historian Vince Williams. The Imperial War Museum First World War exhibition had a dazzle camouflage exhibit, which also inspired the next steps of this project.
A full sized model of a horse was created by artist Kelvin Pawsey, working with students from Cheriton's Harvey Grammar School for Boys, the sculpture was