Weeds grow at "Coming World Remember Me"

As the photograph above shows, weeds the are growing in numbers between the 600,000 statues at the Palingbeek Provincial Estate at Zillebeke, near Ieper (West Flanders). The statues form part of "Coming World Remember Me", a work of art designed to remember those that died in Flanders 100 years ago during the Great War.

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.