World War One installation begins tour of the district at Abbey House

Press Release: 11/11/2014

Box 459

From nightfall on 11 November passers-by will be able to see an award-nominated light installation illuminating Abbey House on the Broadway in Winchester.

Box 459, commissioned by Winchester City Council as part of the national Lights Out event this summer, was created by local architect Andy Ramus at AR Design Ltd to mark the impact of the outbreak of World War One on Wintonians.

It is a steel light installation inspired by the 1921 inscription on Winchester Cathedral’s War memorial that recorded 459 fallen soldiers from the city area as defined during that period of governance.

Box 459’s dimensions mark Armistice Day – it is a 1100mm engineered steel cube. An internal light source projects powerful shafts of light through 459 apertures representing the city’s lost generation from this era of history. A further 43 apertures have coloured filters – these represent the fallen soldiers of Winchester District’s 43 parishes.

Over 750 local people attended a vigil in Winchester Cathedral when the sculpture was unveiled, and it has since gone on to be nominated for a 2015 Surface Design Award.

Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council, said: 

There is a strong military history locally, stretching back over centuries. The turn out for the various events this summer demonstrated to us that people wanted to show they had not forgotten the fallen across the district and they wanted to pay their respects to the soldiers and civilians who died in the Great War. Box 459 provides us with a focus for our collective remembrance and will tour the district, moving annually to various sites.

Andy Ramus, Managing Director of AR Design Ltd added:

We are pleased to have a central location for the first leg of Box 459's tour. Finding out that the installation has been nominated for this prestigious international award has been an added source of pride for the team here.