The painting that will form the basis of a projection to be beamed onto a large frame outside the Municipal Buildings, as part of Falmouth’s commemorations of the centenary of the commencement of World War I, was unveiled on Monday evening.
Local artist George Queen was commissioned to paint a picture of a Great War tank, similar to the one that had been given to the town at the end of hostilities in recognition of the £600,000 locals had contributed to the war effort.
The painting will be photographed, and then reproduced and expanded to full size by design company 20/20 of Falmouth.
Students from Falmouth Marine School will build the self-standing, six-part framework on which the picture will be mounted, and Pendennis Shipyard has agreed to sponsor the plywood and timber for the project.
The painting, entitled Time For Thought, was revealed at a meeting of Falmouth Town Council on Monday when Councillor David Saunby, chairman of the council’s Great War Commemorations Committee, said: “It remembers not just those who died, but those who returned as well.
“Plans for the town’s commemorations are progressing well, everything is falling into place. We have another meeting on Thursday when all the groups involved will get around the table and take it to the next stage.”
It is hoped that the painting, which shows the tank with “battle weary” infantrymen in a field of poppies, will go on public display at Falmouth Art Gallery in the near future.