Condition: Good condition
Architect: Sir Robert Lorimer
Location: The Castle, Edinburgh, EH1 2YT
The Scottish National War Memorial is one of the outstanding pieces of public art of its time. A shrine to the nation’s collective loss, the Memorial commemorates all the individual men and women of Scotland who fell in the Great War and is the masterpiece of its architect, Sir Robert Lorimer.
Leading a team of two hundred artists and craftsmen, Lorimer designed the building in a style inspired by the architecture of Renaissance Scotland to include monuments to all the Services, regiments and corps that served in the war, but also to the many non-combatants and uniquely to all Scottish women. The outstanding stained glass by Douglas Strachan and the bronze frieze by Alice and Morris Meredith Williams, together with the numerous other sculptures do more than gather diverse monuments in one place, however. They also present the wider message of hope that the terrible sacrifice of the Great War should not have been in vain: that it would secure peace and should prove truly to have been ‘the war to end war.’
by Duncan Macmillan
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