In this documentary, artist Helen Pollock discusses her sculpture Falls the Shadow. Using clay from the Coromandel and the Passchendaele battlefield in the Netherlands, she created a grove of arms reaching up against a background of trees stripped bare by gunfire in World War One. The work was inspired by her father, a wartime signaller. Pollock discusses her installation and the effect of combat on Kiwi troops in the war. In two hours during the Battle of Passchendaele, 846 Kiwis died. The work is now on permanent display at Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Pollock directed the film with editor Scott Ewing.
The clay was really disposable and ordinary, and those young men’s bodies were disposable and ordinary.– Helen Pollock
Special thanks to Māori Television
Incudes music by Bela Bartok, Amadeus Mozart, and John Tavener