The Sleeping Soldier is a piece of public visual art animated by the artist Leo Jamelli and funded by the Arts Council, to create awareness of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women during WW1. The Sleeping Soldier installation will involve the projection of hand drawn animations of 3 World War 1 servicemen and one of a waiting widow, struggling to stay awake at 4 historical sites across the South West, on the eve of Remembrance 2018, Saturday 10th November 2018.
The idea is to portray fallen soldiers and one war widow awakening for one night to commemorate the centenary of Armistice. These soldiers stand guard sacrificing their sleep to keep watch over our sleeping cities. The installations will be projected throughout the night and as the sun rises on the dawn of Remembrance Day, they slowly fade into the rising sun. Their watch is over and they pass once more into eternal sleep to join their fallen comrades.
For Exeter Cathedral the projection on the North Tower will depict a fallen WW1 soldier facing east waiting for the rising sun. By using the cathedral, the idea is to draw the audience’s attention to the fallen soldiers who are commemorated within, one soldier allowed to awaken every 100 years to trail and find those they have lost. A similar projection will also be projected at Bristol Cathedral.