Xmas Day Football Match in No Man’s Land, 1914-2014
This is following on from the previous work “The Great Escape, Escape to Victory”
This work is part of the series of works of “Disasters of War” that have been inspired by exploring and learning the historical events of national game Football (soccer in USA), with emphasis on the World War I (1914-1918) and later World War II (1943-1945).
The “Disasters of War” series of works have been inspired by the Artist, Francisco Goya (1746-1828) created a series of 82 print etchings between 1810-1820, and more recently the re-working of his work by Artist, Jake and Dino Chapman Brothers (1966, 1962 – present) in the series of works Insult to Injury, 2003. However, in my work I’m highlighting a Historical event of the Anniversary of World War I (1914-1918), by giving a Modern twist, in a playful way, and seek to highlight the events the past by Peace and Reconciliation, in the form of the Xmas Day Game, by temporary truce between Britain and Germany.
This work has been inspired by the Football Match on Christmas Day Truce (24th December 1914) between the Germans (indicated in Green, colour of football away strip) and Britain (indicated in Red, colour of football away strip), after a Ball was kicked from the British Lines into “No Man’s Land”, (similar to the film “War Horse”), the separation space between the two opposing forces. Both teams Away strip colours have been used to highlight that the countries are Away from their respective Homes.
Although there wasn’t an actual Football Match between the two soldiers, more of a Kick around, in this work, I’ve used a Football Match to highlight the event in a graphically way. (see link below for more information)
In the work, the British Team, indicated in Red Balls (away strip), similarly German Team in Green Balls (away strip) are arranged in the Football formation of 4-3-2-1 known as “Christmas Tree” (with 4 defenders, 2 central midfields, 3 forward midfields, 1 Striker, forward) players), as resembles that of Christmas Tree. (see Fourth Football layout image, in link below)
The work has been seen from above, as Aerial View, known as Plan View, and to emphasis the term “Over the Top” the Men scaling the trench and going into “No man’s Land” it is proposed that the Game is inclined in the vertical plane, similar to that of a double sided Pin Ball Game. Inclining from the bottom to the Centre Line, then declining back to the opposition, making the Game harder, to play. Extra Substitutes (6 in total for each side) can be added into the field of play by the pull buttons to the side.
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