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And the Band Played On...
November 11th – 22nd December 2014
The Florence Nightingale Museum will mark the centenary of the First World War with a special art installation acknowledging the grim reality of war. And The Band Played On opens on 11th November 2014 and is the work of the internationally acclaimed sculptor and medical artist Eleanor Crook. The piece consists of five life-size sculptures of soldiers from different wars in history, all suffering from severe facial injuries and displaying the reconstructive plastic surgery techniques of their time. They are performing in a military brass band with antique and battered instruments, a melancholy parade. Never before displayed in Britain, the sculptures are dressed in authentic period uniforms and bear documented injuries from various conflicts, including the Crimean War, the First World War and the present day. The piece recognizes the skill of wartime plastic surgeons and nurses as well as the immense bravery and fellowship of the wounded servicemen and women, both during history and today. The exhibition is generously funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.