WORKINGTON

Left - Original clay model of a panel for the Workington War Memorial.  Carrick executed the bronze panels for the memorial designed by the London based Scottish sculptor Reid Dick.  It is uncertain to what extent Carrick was responsible for the composition of each panel but I think he was probably given a very basic description of what each panel would depict and allowed free reign thereafter.  In 'Evidence, History and the Great War', published by Berghahn Books, Catherine Moriarty comments on this panel...‘Alexander Carrick sculpted a relief where the touching heads of the soldier and his wife, their interlocking hands and the encircling action of their child’s outstretched arms creates a binding unified composition, the group are as one.’  However I think its noticeable that the circle is actually broken as the child's hand is not taken up by the father who is holding his rifle instead, symbolising that the family circle has already been broken by war.  Instead the child can only grasp the hem of his greatcoat.

The memorial has suffered from vandalism and grafitti, a common fate for memorials sited in public parks.  

Colour photographs supplied and reproduced by kind permission of Spike of The Great War Forum.

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Carrick was a master of relief sculpture, the sense of depth and perspective in the two roundels below is beautifully achieved.  (see Engineers and Artillery panles, Edinburgh Castle).

The portrayal of civiian workers on war memorials is unusual.