World War I may have been teeming with violence and destruction, but in the midst of it all, the artistry and creativity of man still flourished. From what seems to be scrap items, the soldiers were able to transform them to artworks that we now call Trench Art. It is amazing to discover art in what appears to be just useless things.
I am also fond of repurposed recyclables and junk art. I usually go to flea markets just to find something new from the old. I have collected some beautiful home decors and memorabilia that you wouldn’t even mistake for trash.
I’ve decided to try it for myself. I watch a lot of DIY videos to find some inspiration and then, I saw this gorgeous basket made from old newspapers. It looks fairly easy, but I do not have enough newspapers then. So I started collecting newspapers and stashed them in the basement. Things got busy, so I forgot about my basket project.
I only realized it when I started to see insects crawling on the floors and walls. They were silverfishes, and I also saw a little bit of mold build-up on the wall. I know that molds are dangerous to our health, so I booked an appointment with the pest control on the Columbus Pest Control website.
They were quick to respond and did their jobs efficiently. The pests were gone, and so is my newspaper collection for the basket project. It was regretful, but my friends cheered me up by pledging to give me the needed newspapers the following weekend. Problem solved.
During World War I, the soldier-artist did not use newspapers; they used whatever materials they get their hands on, such as shell casings and used bullet. They used art to express their feelings and thoughts. Prisoners of wars also used trench art as a way of escaping their thoughts about the hardships of war.
It is not yet sure where the soldiers created the artwork. It is impossible to create them right at the trenches due to lack of proper tools. Trench art recovered bears intricate details and metal craftsmanship that would require the right tools and equipment. It is believed that the troops assigned in workshops behind the line. Soldiers awaiting mission orders or those who are recuperating from injuries may have used Trench art making as part of their rehabilitation.
The Trench artwork were sold to soldiers as a keepsake from the war. Some Trench artwork could be as big as dinner gongs and poker stands. To date, Trench art still flourishes in war stricken parts of Africa and the Middle East for sale to tourist or foreign countries.
It is so amazing to see the spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship still come to play despite the horrors of war.