At zero hours on July 1st 1916, whistles blew all along the front line. Troops were ordered to walk towards enemy lines. Met with relentless machine gun fire, thousands of brave men were cut down in minutes. By the end of that first day, 19,240 British soldiers had lost their lives and the casualty figure was an overwhelming 57,470. It was the highest number of casualties suffered by the army in a single day in British military history.
To mark the centenary in 2016, Nic Joly placed 141 golden figures holding poppies on 141 war memorials across the UK and abroad. Each one represented a day that the Battle of the Somme was fought. Standing 50mm tall including their red brass poppies, the polished golden figures encouraged people to stop, look and remember what happened 100 years ago and remind us that every life lost was golden.
The sculptor went on to appear on BBC One's The One Show. Watch the interview below.
11/10/2020The incredible bravery of healthcare workers is celebrated in the miniature artist's touching new 3D wall sculpture, which will raise funds for NHS Charities Together.
09/11/2018The miniature sculptor continued his fundraising for The Royal British Legion with an auction of his emotive 'Golden Lives Never Forgotten' poppy sculpture, raising £3,200 for charity.
25/07/2014This poignant miniature sculpture marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. To date, it has raised more than £80,000 for The Royal British Legion.
Thank you for signing up to our newsletter.
© Copyright Washington Green Retail Limited trading as Castle Fine Art. First published 2012, last updated 2021. Washington Green Retail Limited acts as a credit broker and offers credit products from Secure Trust Bank PLC trading as V12 Retail Finance.
Washington Green Retail Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Our registration number is 726395. Credit provided subject to age and status. Terms & Conditions Privacy Cookies V12 Finance