All Quiet on the Western Front

‘Silence’ is a list of quotes about err… silence done in the stylee of a memorial stone, such as the one that covers the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey. It’s part of the larger body of work I’m doing about war and remembrance, that includes ‘Faithless’ – the leaflet about the architecture of the Cenotaph (see the last blog entry) and ‘Best We Forget’ – the booklet I wrote earlier in the year. There’s a bit more to come.

Silence (I’ll think of a better name – or take suggestions on a post card) is printed at A3 size ( 297mm x: 420mm [11.75 x16.5 inch] ) onto architect’s tracing paper – though if there’s any stone carvers out there…

The first two minutes silence on the anniversary of the Armistice took place after King George V issued a proclamation:

“All locomotion should cease, so that in perfect stillness, the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on the reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”.

Though given that the end of the “war to end all wars” set the conditions for the sequel, perhaps a better person to quote would be Shannon L. Alder:

“Be leery of silence. It doesn’t mean you have won the argument. Often, people are just busy reloading their guns”.


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