We spoke, we chose to speak of war and strife – a task a fine ambition sought – and some might say, who shared our work, our life: that praise was dearly bought.
Drivers, interpreters, these were our friends. These we loved. These we were trusted by. The shocked hand wipes the blood across the lens. The lens looks to the sky.
Most died by mischance. Some seemed honour-bound to take the lonely, peerless track conceiving danger as a testing ground to which they must go back till the tongue fell silent and they crossed beyond the realm of time and fear. Death waved them through the checkpoint. They were lost. All have their story here.
The sculpture, entitled Breathing, is by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.
It was specially commissioned and selected as a result of an international competition for the BBC’s public art scheme. The BBC also commissioned a poem to complement the structure by ex-war correspondent and poet, James Fenton.