Iconic landmarks lit up for the First World War Centenary

 In General, Infographics

As the lights go out around the UK on the 4th August to mark an hour of reflection at the start First World War Centenary, The Big Picture (www.thebigpicture.org.uk) marks this historic occasion with a truly unique interpretation. Our contribution to the national Lights Out campaign as commissioned by 14-18 Now will see a large scale virtual candle projected onto some of the UK’s most iconic buildings.

The powerful image will burn for the hour of remembrance and provide substantial focal points to punctuate the vigil. These nationwide projections will begin at the stoke of 10pm and will see key London landmarks such as Old Billingsgate Market, Battersea Power Station as well as The Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, illuminated.

The giant candle projections will fade away at 11pm to reveal astonishing facts regarding the First World War presented in the form of Infographics, many taken from my recent book – The Great War 100. I am personally delighted to be part of such a striking and visual way to help the nation remember and reflect the sacrifices made by our ancestors during the First World War. The projections that will take place on the the 4th August are hopefully just the beginning of  The Big Picture as there are a number of large scale projection projects planned across the whole of Europe that will add hugely to the commemoration.

Royal Liver Building and candle mock up for First World War Centenary

Candle on Royal Liver Building

The whole thing is the brainchild of the guys at The Colour Project and for me it is very exciting to be part of this fantastic initiative. Just wait and see what we have planned for Marble Arch in London – if we can pull it off it will be nothing short of epic!

For now though, if you can, please tell your friends and family and head on over to either Battersea, Old Billingsgate or the Liver Building and see the candle and the infographics for yourself – it doesn’t cost anything to view and it promises to be a wonderful spectacle, fitting for the First World War Centenary commemorations.

infographic mock up - Battersea - for First World War Centenary

Infographic mock up – Battersea

In addition The Big Picture are providing free resources for people to download their own digital candle which they can display on their mobile devices, social media platforms or even home televisions sets.

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