About Never Forgotten
British artist Nic Joly has used his mastery of miniature sculpture to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I in his own inimitable fashion.
Using the ultimate symbol of remembrance, the poppy, he has created a piece aptly entitled ‘Never Forgotten’. Nic's motivation for Never Forgotten is to create a collection of pieces that commemorate all those who lost their lives in WWI and all wars since.
"In my own small way I want this piece to remind us that all those who have given their lives, in conflicts from WWI to the present day, will be Never Forgotten" - Nic Joly.
Nic’s initial inspiration came from a deeply poignant meeting with a ninety-six year old war veteran who talked Nic through not only his own experiences in World War II, but also those of his father in World War I. In that moment, past and present combined and history was no longer a chain of events in dusty text books; for Nic, it became “all so real, and so relevant”. With humbling nonchalance, the veteran uttered words that will forever resonate with courage and fortitude: “We were just doing our job.”
The realisation that veterans seek remembrance for the sacriﬁce made by fallen comrades, rather than sympathy and awe, inspired Nic to create Never Forgotten.