The War Illustrated
Street Artist WD (War Department) has completed a number of specially created limited edition screen prints.
The artist, whose Posting Sentries Project has captured the imagination of many people across the UK, has created a new piece which shortly be available through the 200 Digital shop. The prints, which are limited to only 10 in total, are each truly unique.
To achieve this WD has selected to print onto covers of “The War Illustrated” a weekly British publication that ran throughout he Second World War. Each cover has been mounted onto a stiff card stock to prevent the paper from becoming unstable due to its age. The covers each come from 1940.
Once mounted the paper is then muted by way of spray paint applied sparingly by the artist to allow the printed material to appear through the spaces in the final screen printed design. By choosing to print on to such material, the prints will not only be unique but each will have a direct connection to the time period that WD has based his Posting Sentries Project upon.
Each print is A3 in size and each has been mounted by the artist ready for framing (see imagery above). The overall size of the mounted work is approximately 505mm x 405mm. Each print is signed by WD on the reverse of the mount, print and on the face of each.
The War Illustrated
The War Illustrated was a British war magazine published in London by William Berry. It was first released on 22 August 1914, eighteen days after the United Kingdom declared war on Germany, and regular issues continued throughout World War I. The magazine was discontinued after the 8 February 1919 issue, but returned 16 September 1939 following the start of World War II. 255 issues were published over the course of the Second World War before the magazine permanently ceased production on 11 April 1947
Posting Sentries – an urban art project
The ‘Posting Sentries Project’ is a unique undertaking by British street artist WD and is the first large scale urban art project of its kind. All over the United Kingdom there are wartime structures that have been lost underneath the sprawl of today’s society. Not only are the structures lost but the events and people connected to them have been as well. Airfields, bunkers, coastal batteries, air raid shelters, observation points and many more structures lay hidden from the view of the 21st century.
Structures from the two world wars and the more recent cold war have left their marks on both the urban and rural environments of the UK. To ensure that the population of today will remember the stories and people behind these decaying structures, WD began posting ‘sentries’ as a way of connecting with the past. These ‘sentries’ take the form of sprayed stencil forms, pasted paper murals or specially created sculpted pieces.
Find out more about The Posting Sentries Project
To find out more about the Posting Sentries Project you can visit WD’s website at www.war-department.com
Please Note: The detailed images shown underneath the main image are taken from the June 21st 1940 print. If you would like detailed images of a particular print, then please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org