Ruth Barker

The Choir Loft (Commissioned Memorial)

Blackpool Cenotaph, England
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Permanent Public Commission from Blackpool Council to design an extension to the Blackpool Cenotaph. 

The work comprises a 'Choir Loft' -  a space for a choir to sing, constructed in white granite with a blue granite insert. Insert bears text that reads

'Sing softly. Be still. Cease.' 

Dedication reads:


This memorial is dedicated to those who struggle for freedom in all conflicts, and those who remember them. It is sacred to all non-combatants who lay down their lives. Those who are forever still; we remember you. Violence is not the only strength.


The work was designed by Ruth Barker as a permanent public memorial, and constructed by Hardscape, Bolton, and F Parkinson, Blackpool. The commission was project managed by Blackpool Council, and opened at a ceremony on Veteran's Day 2008 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.