D-Day Sculpture: The Bronze Soldiers Overlooking Normandy’s Gold Beach
Three sculptures of soldiers will stand overlooking Gold Beach in Normandy as commemorations take place for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Titled simply: ‘D-Day Sculpture’ the bronze tributes will be unveiled on June 6 by the British Prime Minister and the French President.
The sculptor, David William-Ellis, says to work on a project like this was “exciting”. “This sculpture is probably the most important thing I’ve ever done,” he said. “What was so exciting when I was asked to do this sculpture was that my father wasn’t actually at D-Day but he supported the D-Day landings. “He was the second commander of a torpedo boat and they were landing food and support on D-Day plus one.”
In total, the bronzed memorials would have taken him two years to make and it’s something that he’s been preparing for, for the last five years. In reflection, once the sculptures are up on display, Mr William-Ellis says he’ll look up at them and say “did I really make that?”
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