Gr8at: Shrouds of the Somme

Even now, over 100 years later, the words Battle of the Somme send a cold shiver down the spine. Though any war is brutal and casualties can be heavy, the battle between the British and French troops against the Germans in northern France is infamous for the horrific loss of life. More than three million men fought in the battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, 72,396 shrouded figures have been laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder covering an area over 4,000 square metres across the South Park Lawn in the Olympic Park, best known for being a pivotal part of the 2012 Olympics. Each figure represents a British serviceman killed at The Battle of the Somme who has no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. The Shrouds of the Somme is a poignant tribute.

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Photography: Special Reflection Mirror

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Taken at the ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Olympic Park, as designed by Sir Anish Kapoor and engineer Cecil Balmond. As part of the experience you get to go down the 178m slide (created by Carsten Höller), which lasts for 40 seconds and goes round 12 times. This was taken on the floor above, which features a special mirror exhibition. Click below for a bonus photo.

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