Monument aux morts de la Première Guerre mondiale de Lens

Rond-Point Van Pelt - 62300 LENS


The iconography of this memorial does not glorify the winners, it highlights the ravages of war and emphasizes the trauma suffered by the city and its inhabitants.

On either side of a mine gallery in broken woodwork, sculptor Augustin Lesieux represented a minor in work clothes, fists clenched and a soldier, looking towards the horizon. At the back, a woman fleeing the ravages of war with her daughter. Dominant all, a woman indignantly included the City of Lens, tramples the war represented by a torpedo.
Opened in 1925, this monument stands in the place of origin Cantin. It was only in 1972 that it is transferred to its current location.

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