As part of the commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of World War I in 2014, the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust commissioned a series of plaques, engraved with lines from a poem by Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy, and attached them a wall behind the flower bed on Folkestone’s Road of Remembrance. The flower bed itself was planted with rosemary bushes.
Designed by lettering sculptor Gary Breeze, and carved onto York sandstone, the installation quotes lines from the poem “An Unseen”, written in response to “The Send-Off by Wilfred Owen.
We were asked by the Trust to replace a badly vandalised plaque which explains the sculpture from the safety of the pavement on the other side of the road.
The new plaque is made from etched zinc which has a beautiful tactile feel to it. It will never corrode, even though it is right by the sea and we have secured it to the railings with sheer-off nut fixings so hopefully the vandals won’t spoil it for everyone.
In fact, we love etched zinc so much that we have our company ‘Made by ARC’ badges produced from the same material and you can find them on any of our sculptures entrance features signs and almost anything ARC. We think that etched zinc just oozes class, but don’t just take our word for it come and have a look. We have plenty of different examples at our studios. Look out for our guide to creating artwork for this process video, coming soon.