The Korean War Memorial has been awarded a Commendation in the 'Carving, Lettering & Sculpture' category at the Natural Stone Awards 2016.
This project is sited in the MoD section of Victoria Embankment Gardens between the memorials to Viscount Trenchard and the Fleet Air Arm.
The Memorial is in the form of an inscribed and carved Portland Stone obelisk, square in plan and with a steeply sloping top, set on a Welsh slate base, within slate and Korean granite paving, with a York Stone forecourt, all as the setting for a bronze sculpture of a British soldier, looking down at the battle-side grave of a fallen comrade, hinted at in the paving pattern.
The judges felt that this was a simple, elegant scheme with the sort of quiet reverence associated with war memorials in London. The limestone pillar and slate base have been carefully and the base stones have not had their veins selected out.
The carving is superb and contains a mixture of letters, flags, landscapes and maps.
The fine chiseling has been carried out to a very high standard, by hand and is done in such a way as to produce a subtle image, consistent with the silent statement of the piece.
Photos courtesy of Thomas Erskine & Donald Insall Associates