Bournemouth Town Centre is Standing With Giants

by | Mar 23, 2023 | News

BID supports sculpture installation to mark anniversary of conflict in Ukraine

The Bournemouth Town Centre BID has supported the installation of a poignant commemorative sculpture marking the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine.

The 12ft high silhouette, located at the Triangle, depicts a Ukrainian soldier holding a baby while leading a mother and another child to safety.

It is named ‘I want to live’ by voluntary community project group ‘Standing with Giants’ and will be in place until Wednesday April 5th, the first week of the Easter holidays.

Bournemouth Town Centre BID Chief Operating Officer Paul Kinvig said: “This thought-provoking sculpture is a hugely symbolic way for the town to show solidarity with Ukraine after the invasion by Russia last year.

“It forms an important part of our wider, ambitious cultural offering for Bournemouth and will be a great utilisation of the community space at the Triangle.

“We are very pleased to have worked with BCP Council to help make this happen.”

QR codes around the sculpture allow well-wishers to make donations to various charities in support of Ukrainians, including local charity Ukraine Relief.

Oxfordshire artist Dan Barton collaborated with Peter Naylor to produce the artwork.

He said: “We’ve had some amazing feedback so far and it’s all for such a crucial cause. It’s so important that we continue to donate the items so badly needed which are listed on Ukrainian Relief’s website.