Poppy art tribute to fallen war dead

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An artist has created an amazing Remembrance Day project using tens of thousands of poppies to make four stunning installations - including one in a Doncaster church.

Martin Waters, aged 58, has produced poppy sculptures to mark the event for the past three years but his most ambitious attempt incorporates four churches across Yorkshire and 30,000 paper flowers.

The first installation, The Last Stand, went up earlier this week inside Doncaster Minster and includes a six foot tall poppy-covered soldier.

Other installations will be featured at Beverley Minster, St Lastingham Church, North Yorkshire and Holy Trinity Church in Hull. Each is free to attend and will remain on view throughout Remembrance week.

Martin, a former art therapist, said: “I’ve been making the sculptures throughout the past year, they take a long time to create and to think of.

“The installations have other various sections including photographs sent from all over the world as far as Vietnam and Hiroshima where the battles took place.

“I have had to carve out figures and create other artworks as part of the installations, which is quite a long process.”

He added: “I wanted to create something large enough to describe the immense empathy people have towards those killed in or as a result of war and conflict, including civilians.”

Martin’s inspiration came from a blustery day four years ago at Spurn Point, near the River Humber, where he was working on an art piece.

He said: “I could see the rubbish being swept up onto the shore and saw a big wreath of poppies among the rubbish, which someone had thrown

into the sea to remember the fallen soldiers.

“The idea came from then on really. I feel like I have a duty to do something for the better for everyone else - I would hate to see the poppies go to waste.”

Anyone wishing to donate poppies can visit Martin’s website at www.martin-waters.co.uk or leave them at the venues.