Permanent sculpture, CWRM, Ypres (BE)

This land art Installation ComingWorldRememberMe is a creation by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen. It continues the story told by the temporary installation that was displayed in this provincial domain in 2018. CWRM consisted of 600,000 sculptures for 600,000 names, a reference to the number of victims who died on Belgian soil during the First World War. With this permanent installation of the same name, Koen Vanmechelen gives the victims a final resting place in our history, our present and our future.

Watch the report on the Belgian national news.

The big egg is at the centre of the installation. The small sculptures roll from it in an organic manner, almost as if they are being born. They are the children of a torn world. The whole represents a map of the world, with all the continents connected. The plinth consists of the sculptures themselves. They support each other, stand on each others’ shoulders, the larger ones carrying the smaller ones. The mother egg can be seen as the mass, the sculptures are the energy that is carried across the world. Each and every one of the sculptures, and the victims they represent, is an ambassador of the ineradicable hope for a different, better world. What is broken can be mended.

CMRW is a realisation of the non-profit organisation vzw kunst and artist Koen Vanmechelen and was commissioned by the Province of West Flanders as part of the large-scale commemoration project GoneWest/Reflections on the Great War.