I visited the memorial when writing my book Animal Graves and Memorials and was bowled over by its design. Being able to walk among the beautifully crafted sculptures gives one a feeling of being part of it - let's hope one day we learn how not to conduct war!
Beautiful. The devotion, loyalty, and bravery of these animals, as well as their strength, is so moving. Thanks for reminding us of them.
linda holloway, enfield
A very moving and beautiful Memorial to many the many animals who served so faithfully during war. "They had no choice" is a fitting epitaph to them all.
John Roberts - Wakefield, Yorkshire
This is a marvellous, poignant memorial to those creatures for whom we've turned a blind-eye for too long. Britain started the RSPCA, PDSA and CWF (Compassion in World Farming). We can be a role model for the world. These unsung heroes now have a long-overdue tribute. Animals have dignity, grace and innocence: they do not harm our world like we do. They fully deserve this memorial. I disagree with the utilitarian money-led attitude which says "it is all a waste". Animals are loyal: they never ask, what's in this for me? They deliver unconditional love and devotion. Animals are our friends and companions in life, so they deserve our respect in death.
Experiencing the memorial was a high point for our trip to the UK. Thank you for a far overdue recognition of these noble and innocent creatures!!
i think that the animal memorial in loindon is a fantastic idea and braught a tear to my ete when i visited it. fantastic job a real way for the animal lovers to remember the loayl animals at war.
I saw this monument for the first time this week and was so impressed by its dignity. I have been in the art world all my life, now running an art gallery, and I felt that there was optimism. This is what public sculpture should be about...uncontentious and honouring a great contribution made by the animals...who had no choice
Mr. Blackhouse certainly seems to be a gifted and capable sculpture who put love and thought into his monument to the creatures who have served us through the ages. This monument to their enormous contribution and suffering is long overdue. Thank you Mr. Blackhouse and thank you London!
H E Baker
I think the memorial is wonderful, and long overdue.
I have just returned from London where I came across the memorial accidentally. It was so totally appropriate and desperately moving in portraying the suffering and sacrifice made by all animals on our behalf.
yes I find it a beautiful memorial...he is so feeling with horses....I am totally besotted with his..."Dancing with Centaurs"...the feature in the fountain in "Whitelys" shopping Centre in Bayswater!
Came across the memorial by chance on our way back from the Queen+Paul Rodgers gig in Hyde Park and didn't know what it was, but have since researched the story of it - how very beautiful and moving this memorial is and how poignant a reminder to us all.
I was incredibly moved when I spotted it from a passing coach & had to walk back for a proper look. It ranks with the other bid war memorial in St. George's Circus (I think that's where it is - the one with the soldier in waterproof cape with gun, looking down.
Impressive and beautiful.
A most remarkable feature.
"They had no choice"...
Florence Weatherburn, Wallsend,Tyne and Wear
While in London two weeks ago saw this statue and was most impressed with it. The carving was so beautifully done you could have imagined the animals could walk away. Very touched by the written words particularly the comment on the bottom right hand side which I think said "they had no option". If this was not the exact words they were something like this. Have thought about thi statue ever since seeing it.
Peter Culpin BSc MA VetMB MRCVS
As a veterinary surgeon I have worked with animals evry working day of my life for the past 27 years. I came upon the memorial by chance and was instantly moved to tears.
Animals never hold the thought 'what's in it for me'. No matter what we do they give us unconditional love and devotion.
Congratulations to David Backhouse for his amazingly inspirational design.
It is the words 'They didn't have a choice' combined with their journey to the other side that makes the memorial so very moving.
Beatrice and Gabriella
Animalís At War is the most beautiful, moving and compassionate dedication to all the heroic animals that suffered and died and continue to suffer and die at war. Every time we pass by, it breaks our hearts and we hope it touches those who donít usually consider what animals do for us. Congratulations to David Backhouse and all those who contributed to this magnificent work of art.
I love David's work aspecilly about the animal sculptures.I think the war memorial has real potentail and meaning about how animals helped us in the war and then we don't say thanks.But this opens meaning and praise for our animal friends.I also think that now the animal that served in our foolish war can now rest in peace knowing that they are appreceated.
I visit London bevor some weeks and I was very very glad to see such a memorial.
I like animals soo much and I think, it was time to give them such a great memorial,
Regina Dreher from Germany
I saw it on the way back form the Royal Albert Hall. It is beautioful but our driver didn't tell us anyhting about it. I think it was a grat idea, and even though the animals cna't talk, I bet ther eplaesed about this. Animals have been our campoatins since the start of civliazation and saved our lives countless times so its about time they got some well earned recigniton, we always forget our 'animal soilders'
probably the best sculpture I've seen for many years. I pass it every day on my way to work and it is in an ideal location
We've always loved our animals, but this magnificent sculpture shows that we respect, honor and remember them as well. This is a valuable work. I congratulate David Backhouse on his inspiration and all those who have contributed to its realization.
I wouldn't mind if animals knew what it was and appreciated it...as they do not I think it is ridiculous to spend money on it, should give it to live animals who need help.
This is a foolish waste of money. Animals are not humans and should not be treated as such. If you must spend money on animals surely an animal charity would be more usefull.
I think this is a wonderful idea and the design superb.
Compared to all the money wasted in this country I think the cost for this is of no consequence.
I think its wonderful
I have just seen a photograph of the above memorial in the NZ Herald (Auckland NZ) and I think the idea is just wonderful
Great design - An interesting reminder of ALL who went to war with out understanding what they were going to face.
Last night a mu-le saved my life
Last night a mu-le saved my life on a battlefield
Pam A Concannon
this is very good and is long overdue. The memorial is a beautiful design, remembering all the animals lost in our wars.
About time, too!
Not just war - but the entire history of civilisation is thanks to the horse and we haven't even thanked them..wars, canals, industry, buildings etc etc..another memeorial then is called for.
From the very beginning of the construction of this project I have had small glimpses of its progress. This morning, 24Nov the memorial was fully on view. My sincerest respect and admiration to Mr Backhouse and all those involved.
There are so many descriptive words that I can say to describe my feelings. I am overwhelmed with the greatest of respect for Mr Backhouse and his team and the message the memorial represents. Thank you.
I think the design is well thought out and acknowledges the contributions animals of all types made.
The cost certainly CAN be justified in my opinion, as it may just educate people that animals too suffered and died - with no choice - during the wars man inflicted on himself, and they deserve to be remembered.
it's a great idea and an interesting design.
Lawrence P Concannon
If we had a better picture I might be able to remark on the design but from what I have seen it looks good. More and most importantly though is the fact there will finally be a memorial for all those animals that lost their lives serving their country - the fact they couldn't appreciate the fact they were serving their country is beside the point. Well done am really please to see they are finally being recognised.
About time too
Animals enforced contribution needs to be
It looks fine but the cost cannot be justified and I doubt the animals are going to be impressed.