However, the weeds are not their due to neglect. It has always been the intention that the work of art should in time be consumed by nature.
The artists behind the project Koen Van Mechelen and Jan Moeyaert told VRT Radio 2 West Flanders that from the outset they had always wanted their monumental piece to be given back to nature. "We placed an eco-friendly sheet under the statues to prevent the weeds from growing too quickly. However, this is indeed the case now”Jan Moeyaert said.
Adopt a statue
The statues will remain in place until Armistice Day (11 November). Members of the public will then be able to adopt a statue and take it home with them. A number of the statues will also be sent the various museums across the world.