A commemorative sculptural installation by Helen Pollock within the New Zealand Memorial, Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Unveiled 12 July 2013.
Falls the Shadow by New Zealand sculptor Helen Pollock is a strong visual statement within the New Zealand Memorial in the Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Belgium.
‘Arms’ stretch upwards from a pool of water – a forest of young saplings made from the battlefield mud of Flanders fused with rough unprocessed clay from Coromandel New Zealand.
The clay comes from the place the New Zealanders stopped to rest the night before they devastating attack on Bellevue Spur, which cost 843 New Zealand soldiers' lives.
Falls the Shadow is a ‘voice’ for the almost 12,500 New Zealanders who died and are buried on the Western Front. It also speaks of the impact of these deaths, and the physical or emotional scarring of those who returned, on their families and communities at home in New Zealand.
A partner commemorative sculpture by Helen Pollock, Victory Medal, will tour several provincial museums in New Zealand from 2014 to 2018.