de la Grande Guerre
Tomb, a temporary art installation at France's World War One museum in the Somme region, comprised approximately 18,000 stacked First World War New Zealand, French, Australian, and German soldier-shaped Anzac recipe biscuits.
The sculpture was intended to explore the 'consumption' of martial sacrifice in conflict and, its 'celebration' and 'commemoration' in the formation of national identity. Its form was based on the 1:1 dimensions of the Stone of Remembrance 'altar' designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. His stone memorial, found in Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries, is inscribed with the words "Their name liveth for evermore."
Tomb's positive form also references the Historial's display 'pits' in which recumbent, headless, uniformed mannequins of the First World War combatants in their national uniforms, surrounded by their kit are placed in 'negative’ spaces below the level of the floor plane, evoking what lies beneath the battlefield's surface.
Top photo: Yazid Medmoun