Lost Comrades

Lost Comrades on the south front

Sculptor: Glenn Morris

In remembrance of countless lives lost since the 'war to end all wars', Glenn Morris' sculpture gives the impression of a formal memorial.

The principal element of a butterfly egg references the frailty of life and the transient, ephemeral beauty yet to emerge.

The sculpture, which took 300 hours to carve and weighs about 250 kilos, comprises of 187 lead Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies, a threatened and declining species.

It is said that in breaks between shelling on the battlefield in the Somme, when silence prevailed, birdsong filled the air and butterflies fluttered over the trenches. Some soldiers believed that these represented the lost souls of their comrades.

These butterflies help to reflect the contrast between the destruction of the battlefield and the fragile beauty of the natural world.

" Since the First World War, 187 million people have been killed in conflicts around the world. The butterflies on ‘Lost Comrades’ are made from lead bullets collected from the Somme and each butterfly represents 1 million people killed since the end of the ‘war to end all wars’."
- Glenn Morris