Huge scrap-metal soldier statue on show in Dorset


A huge statue of a First World War soldier has been created from scrap metal to commemorate the men who lost their lives in the conflict.

The Daily Mail reports that the figure, known as The Haunting, stands more than six metres high and comprises items such as brake discs, horse shoes and spanners.

The artwork has been created by blacksmith and artist Martin Galbavy, who spent three months working on it at Dorset Forge and Fabrication, near Sherborne.

The figure was commissioned for private clients who plan to display it in 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Dramatic creation

Chris Hannam, owner of the forge, told the newspaper: ‘The head and the hands are purposely made from sheet metal but everything else is from scrap.

‘He has been in our yard and we are having a steady stream of people coming to have a look, and they are amazed.

‘It is causing a lot of interest. Within 12 months people should be able to see him in his new location.

‘Part of the story behind this figure is that it is a ghost of a soldier, and I think Martin has captured that look very well.’

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2 Responses to Huge scrap-metal soldier statue on show in Dorset

  1. This is a wonderful piece to commemorate our soldiers – Lest we forget – Sol

  2. That is an amazing commemoration! I am an artist and have also completed a life size painting paying tribute to the soldiers of WW1. It is currently on display at the Military Museums in Calgary, Alberta. It was inspired by my own journey to remembrance, as well as my family`s, my community`s, my country`s, and world events during that dark time. Please feel free to check it out at
    I would love for you to check it out and let me know what you think.
    Kind regards,
    Deanna Lavoie

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