Artistic approach

This work allows for several interpretations.

The viewer relives the great moments of this battle and follows the Memory Path which leads to «The Heart of Hell», which is the apogee and is represented here by means of an installation making reference to the absence of graves for the hundreds of fallen soldiers seen lying on the ground. This is symbolised by means of a shroud placed on the ground on top of which earth from the battlefield has been thrown. The Memory Path will enrich the visitor with instructive information for understanding the inspired compositions and which give the illusion of historical moments of this battle.

This is a representation of a work of fiction, which is staged by the work of the reproducing artists, who rerun these battles and recreate moments of history in order to come nearer to a reality, which will never be the one the men and women actually experienced at such epic moments..

A particular point of this exhibition is the realisation of a painting illustrating the Hougoumont Château-Farm as it would have been prior to its destruction by the battle. This place, of which only the ruins were left, was partially restored on the occasion of the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo. The farm regained its original shape, but it was impossible to rebuild the castle part, which was completely destroyed during the battle. On this painting the whole structure is restored … which takes us to the final reading level of a fiction within a fiction.  The composed images on these panoramic views never actually existed as such, they have been created out of many parts and show what no one has ever seen.

The panoramic view of the battlefield called «The Field of the Heroes» is the masterpiece of this exhibition.  It was the origin of all of the composition work which derived from it. Here, one sees the representation of the battlefield at the reconstitution of 2015, made up of 1,225 photographs, distributed among 9,152 composition layers, a process which allows for a multiplication by four of the number of actors present, thus raising the number of people seen on the picture to 24,000.  This 2 x 6 meter image provides a close-up of a landscape which is seven kilometres long and 5 kilometres deep.

Once the exhibition is over, «The Field of the Heroes» will be permanently installed at the 1815 Memorial within the space that leads to the Panorama, a painting which has been on display in the rotunda at the foot of the Lion’s Mound since 1913.  The remaining panoramic pictures will be incorporated in a travelling exhibition, which should reach other countries in the coming years.

This exhibition is dedicated to any person committed to historical reconstitutions so as to honour the memory of all soldiers who lost their lives on the Field of Honour and to convey this moment of history to future generations (6,200 re-enactors in 2015 on the occasion of the Bicentenary).