Quality not quantity, please
MAY I commend Athena on her courageous column criticising the quality and quantity of recent London memorials (March 29). As she so rightly pointed out, such criticism is usually taken as insensitivity to the cause of the memorial. Neither is this a case of figurative good, abstract bad—it’s merely a question of quality. My mind immediately leapt to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, where many of the recent installations fail to do justice to their subjects.
We are fortunate in this country to have countless examples of outstanding memorials and we should resolve to maintain the standards that our forebears set 100 years ago, with their commemoration of the nation’s loss in the First World War. John Stewart, Buckinghamshire
First class: the Royal Artillery Memorial in Hyde Park
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