De land-art-installatie ComingWorldRememberMe was an accessible and respectful reminder of the inhumane suffering of millions of people one hundred years ago due to a worldwide armed conflict. Each sculpture of this participatory installation was a peaceful statement from all the project partners and the tens of thousands of godfathers and godmothers that actively helped in realizing the installation.
ComingWorldRememberMe (CWRM) was an ode to a new future grounded in our remembrance of the horror and futility of the First World War. The temporary land art installation by artist Koen Vanmechelen symbolized the rebirth of a hopeful desire for a new and more peaceful world.
The land art installation ComingWorldRememberMe was implemented in the provincial domain De Palingbeek near Ypres. This location was chosen for different reasons, its history not being the least important.
The connectedness between all our godfathers and godmothers and the project again showed during the period of the implementation of the installation. All godfathers and godmothers received an invitation to come and help us place sculptures for a day somewhere between 1 February and 25 March 2018. Almost 4,000 people reacted very enthusiastically and wanted to be actively engaged in this phase of the project as well.
When the story of ComingWorldRememberMe began, we intended to give the land art installation a permanent place on the no man’s land. The symbolism of the clay sculptures that would eventually perish in the soil where the clay partially came from and where 100 years ago so many people died, would complete the story for us.