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A large, modern memorial, which remembers one thousand and nine women and children (mostly children) who died in British concentration camps during the Boer War, and similar to the Vietnam Veteran's wall in Washington DC, stands in the centre of a nondescript town in the former state of Transvaal, South Africa.
I could not fathom why it took so long to build this tribute to the defenceless victims of a century-old British atrocity and why it was realised in the last days of the apartheid era. The British had lost political power in South Africa back in 1948.
I thought this memorial particularly poignant because of the brevity of the lives it commemorates and because of the brevity of its political importance to the country in which it stands.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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