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DCMS – Alison Wilding & Adam Kershaw Commission

In 2017 CAS Consultancy were appointed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to manage the commissioning of a memorial to British victims of terrorism overseas. The resulting artwork, ‘Still Water’ by artists Alison Wilding RA and Adam Kershaw, is a memorial composed of three elements: water, land and air. The design was developed following a public consultation which gathered views from the families of victims of terrorism overseas, and the general public.

Located at the National Memorial Arboretum, the sculpture is sited a short distance within a copse so that it might gradually reveal itself, like coming across a hidden pool within a woodland glade. It is designed to be a place of reflection for families and visitors.

Fabienne Nicholas, Head of CAS Consultancy said: “Alison Wilding is one of the UK’s most esteemed contemporary sculptors and it has been extraordinary to be involved in Alison and Adam’s process of translating these monumental moments of grief into a place where peace can be found. The memorial vividly demonstrates the power of art to express the human condition in ways that have profound meaning to all-comers”.

The memorial was installed in late 2017; a dedication event for the families affected by terrorism overseas took place at the National Memorial Arboretum in May 2018.