War sym­bol of hope un­veiled

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A SCULP­TURE built to com­mem­o­rate the First World War is on dis­play in Glas­gow.

Ian Forsyth, a 92-year-old Sec­ond World War vet­eran, helped un­veil the art­work France 1914, by Si­mon Burns-Cox, in the Peo­ple’s Palace.

The six-foot high Ital­ian mar­ble work de­picts the last tree on a First World War bat­tle­field and is meant to be a sym­bol of hope and sur­vival.

Glas­gow Mu­se­ums will ex­hibit the work across three mu­se­ums dur­ing a three-year loan pe­riod, in sup­port of Pop­pyscot­land, which pro­vides life-chang­ing sup­port for the Armed Forces com­mu­nity.

Af­ter the Peo­ple’s Palace, the sculp­ture will be shown at Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery and Mu­seum and River­side Mu­seum.

Mr Forsyth, who served in the 15th-19th Hus­sars, said: “I am hon­oured to be one of the first peo­ple to see this magnificent sculp­ture. I en­cour­age peo­ple to come and see this thought­pro­vok­ing work.”

Pic­tures: Colin Mearns

Ian Forsyth MBE next to the sculp­ture en­ti­tled France 1914 by artist Si­mon Burns-Cox

Ian with artist Si­mon, Colin Flinn, of Poppy Scot­land, and Caro­line Barr, from the Peo­ple’s Palace mu­seum

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