Landscaping with an Emotional Connection
If any of you have stood in the cemeteries commemorating the Normandy landings and seen field after field of white crosses then you have experienced the power of a visual statement. If you were privileged to witness the ceramic poppy display (2014) in the moat of the Tower of London you will understand how a memorial can become emotionally charged. For the uninitiated the central courtyard of the Hartwood Memorial will appear like a creative piece of landscaping, but once you learn that each of the 401 stones represents a Protestant martyr and each pillar represents one of the 380 Catholic martyrs they take on a whole new meaning. Enough to make you stop in your tracks and be grateful for the religious freedom we tend to take for granted.