600,000 sculptures for 600,000 names, that is how the story began in 2010. With ComingWorldRememberMe we wanted to commemorate all the victims of the First World War here in Belgium by creating a symbol for each and every one of them. In this artistic way we wanted to give them a place in our history, but even more so in or present and future. Artist Koen Vanmechelen soon became our artistic partner in this story.
Very soon in the story of the project, the idea of curator Jan Moeyaert and the work of artist Koen Vanmechelen crossed paths.
The vision of curator Jan Moeyaert and artist Koen Vanmechelen on ComingWorldRememberMe.
The Names List is not only an elaborate time document, it is also an exceptional way to involve the participants of ComingWorldRememberMe in the centennial. Each participant became godfather or godmother to one of the victims registered in the Names List. This way a connection was made across time, between those commemorating and the commemorated, between the others and the former.
Half of the contribution as a godfather or godmother was donated to one of the projects underneath. The divisions between the two projects was done proportionally.