Postcards from the Front
Sculptor: John Howes
John Howes' brass engraved sculpture makes reference to Field Postcards sent from the front by soldiers of the British Army during World War I. Pre-printed postcards were issued with a selection of messages that the soldiers were allowed to tick or cross out as suited them. Read in any order, they give a glimpse into the experience of the men and their words unwritten.
" My installation makes reference to the brass of shell casings, and the field postcards he [my Grandfather, Lance Corporal Alfred Howes] sent from the Somme [1916 – 1918] to my father, who was then just a boy of three years of age."