Devises Veteran Criticises WW1 Street Art

Posted on November 2, 2018

Outlines of World War One soldiers, weapons and body parts, chalked on to a town’s pavement, have been described as “utterly disgusting” by a veteran. The 100 figures with red poppies on their chests were drawn on to a street in Devizes, Wiltshire, to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. Organisers said it showed the loss and destruction caused by conflict. Former soldier Brian Rollinson said it looked like a crime scene and should be removed before it caused “more grief”. The stencilled figures were installed in The Brittox, in Devizes town centre, as part of a programme of events by Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA).

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