The story of the land art installation that will be created in Ypres in 2018 originated in the crossing of the idea of curator Jan Moeyaert and the heart and soul of the work of artist Koen Vanmechelen. This project is commissioned by the provincial administration of West Flanders as part of their commemoration project ‘GoneWest/Reflections on the Great War’.
From 2014 to 2018 thousands of people spread over Flanders and the rest of the world will take part in the making of the installation by moulding 600,000 sculptures out of clay. Each and every sculpture represents one of the 600,000 victims who lost their lives in Belgium during the First World War. For all the sculptures a dog tag, the universal system of identification used for soldiers will be created. After being baked in the oven, all the sculptures will be identified by a dog tag, the universal system of identification used for soldiers. On this dog tag we will put the name of one of the victims mentioned on the ‘The Name List’ which is composed by the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres. Each dog tag will also bear the name of one of the makers. In this way different generations and nationalities will be united in the commemoration.
In the spring of 2018 the installation will be implemented on one of the most hard-won places of WWI: the no man’s land of the frontline around Ypres. The clay sculptures will all get their place between two large sculptures made by artist Koen Vanmechelen. The impressive land art installation ComingWorldRememberMe will remind us of the uselessness of war: yesterday, today and tomorrow.