The Design Concept
The proposed design is inspired by an incident in the history of resistance to conscription during the First World War. In April 1916 the No-Conscription Fellowship, NCF, held an emergency assembly in London in support of Conscientious Objectors and war resisters. An aggressive crowd gathered outside threatening to break in and violently disrupt the meeting. The chairman of the convention asked the 2000 strong audience to show their support for the speakers silently so that their cheers would not further anger the crowd outside.
‘No-one who was present will forget the effect of this’; and the distinguished speakerswere greeted with thousands of fluttering handkerchiefs, making the soft sound of arising and falling breeze.’-Peace Pledge Union website.