Every shoe a limb lost somewhere in world (UK)

A pyramid of shoes - symbolising people killed or injured by landmines ' is to be created in Scunthorpe. The pyramid, on which every one of more than 100 shoes symbolises either a life or a limb lost to a landmine, will be erected at the 20:21 Visual Arts Centre.


The project is intended to raise landmine awareness and was developed by Handicap International and the Scunthorpe branch of the Soroptimists, an invitation-only organisation for women.

The pyramid is to be the focal point of an interactive exhibition dedicated to educating people about the dangers and proliferation of landmines. Activities accompanying the display will aim to illustrate what life is like without a limb.

Chris Walton, a member of the Soroptimists who helped organise the project, hopes the display will teach children about the menace of landmines around the world. "We hope to catch the kids young and get them aware. "Hopefully that way when they're older they will lobby against landmines, which are currently still produced in the UK," she explained.

In order to help children understand what a living among mines is like, special activities have been organised. A mock minefield is to be built on Saturday. Plants and vegetation will be represented by different coloured balloons. Bombs will be symbolised by pumpkins, hidden among the flowers and emblazoned with the word 'bomb.'

The exercise, in which visitors must avoid the pumpkins, will teach children how frightening simply crossing a field can be in a country where mines are planted. Youngsters will also be able to experience the way losing a limb makes every day tasks more difficult. One of the tasks of the day will let children take part in an experiment where one of their limbs will be 'lost.'

With either an arm or a leg taped up, children will try to write their names, pour water and use crutches. "We will let the children experience having only one arm or leg, and ask them to make models of people with missing limbs. "We hope the interactive aspect will really interest them," said Mrs Walton. In addition, the exhibition will feature a 'Closer to Home' section, with information about 'butterfly bombs', dropped on Grimsby in 1944.

Von: 9 November 2005 (Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph)

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