Artwork comes to artist’s home town

Jonathan Boast's Unknown Warrior monolith will be displayed at St Edmundsbury Cathedral until the end of November
Jonathan Boast's Unknown Warrior monolith will be displayed at St Edmundsbury Cathedral until the end of November
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A NEW remembrance artwork that has toured the country goes on display in the artist’s home cathedral today.

Lavenham-based artist Jonathan Boast has seen his Unknown Warrior acrylic and steel ‘stained glass’ monolith displayed in such venues as Westminster Abbey but says seeing it in St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Remembrance Day will be fantastic for him.

“This is a work I created with the community and bringing it to my own community, where I was born, is very special,” he said.

In addition, it was commissioned, with Heritage Lottery funding, to mark the 90th anniversary last year of the interment of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and, with a poppy at its heart, is displayed in Bury on the 90th anniversary of the Poppy Appeal.

Jonathan worked with the Dover War Memorial Project, Westminster Abbey and Archives, 25 volunteers, 100 Scouts and Brownies and Suffolk engineers Technicraft. The monolith’s panels tell the stories of several servicemen who lived and worked along the warrior’s casket’s route from Dover to London.

It will be displayed in St Edmundsbury Cathedral until the end of November with panels giving details of the artwork and of the project to create it.