This summer, thousands of “ghost soldiers” appeared in communities and businesses across the UK in a touching memorial to the fallen soldiers of World War One, aiming to raise £15 million to help present day veterans.

Many of the silhouettes were made from Perspex® Clear acrylic, with a number also being made from aluminium or steel. In less than a week, sales of the sculptures surpassed £1.3 million as individuals and community groups rushed to place orders.

The project has its roots in 2016. Artist and photographer Martin Barraud decided to honor the names on his local church’s memorial wall by placing 51 Perspex® acrylic soldier silhouettes in the pews, engraved with the names of those in the village who died in conflict.

We’ve been looking at some of the public’s reaction to the moving symbolism created by Perspex® acrylic…