The Abandoned Soldier
|The Abandoned Soldier (TAS)|
The Abandoned Soldier is a sculpture created in 2007 by sculptor James Napier that was modelled after British ex-soldier Lance Corporal Daniel Twiddy.
The sculpture The Abandoned Soldier (TAS) was made for the BBC documentary Power to the People  to be erected in Trafalgar Square, and made an appearance on Newsnight as well as the front page of the Independent newspaper. TAS was initially housed at Combat Stress, a charitable organisation for ex-servicemen and women, before being moved with the help of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to launch The Abandoned Soldier Project. The sculpture has subsequently been moved to Cardiff Castle, then to Exeter Castle for the War Art Exhibition in June 2011, and was filmed as part of a Channel 5 documentary. From there it was moved to the Rhondda Heritage Park at Trehafod.
In April 2012, the sculpture was moved back to Cardiff Castle as a permanent 'base'. In the Summer of 2013, the head piece was removed from the base and taken on a tour of Wales. The high points included; The summit of Mount Snowdon and Portmeirion. In May 2014 the sculpture was part of an installation by Themis Jones, installed at the Hay Festival of Literature and Art. In July 2014 he returned to his main 'base' at Cardiff Castle and will stand as a lasting reminder of the trauma of War, until 2018.
The statue was created in remembrance of soldiers who have suffered the after effects of armed conflict and are not being treated like the heroes they truly are. The sculpture was modelled after Lance Corporal Daniel Twiddy, who had been wounded in 2003 by friendly fire and shrapnel while in Basra. Twiddy had received several wounds from shrapnel, which included wounds to the face from a 'Blue on Blue' incident.
In 2010 concerns were made over the stability of the sculpture and that the resin material might disintegrate. Concerns were also raised about the sculpture's lack of a permanent display location. There have been attempts at petitioning for a more permanent location as well as fundraising efforts for a bronze version of the statue.
The sculpture now has a piece of music, commissioned by the TAS Project, written and sung by Bethan Myfanwy Hughes, a civilian trauma nurse and also a member of the Territorial Army.
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