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This single image expresses the constructive as well as destructive energies released by World War I, and the impact it continues to have on our lives today.
A touch of red recalls the poppies of Flanders Fields. The tangle of intersecting lines can be the stakes upon which barbed wire was hung; the railroad tracks that fed men and munitions to the fronts; the factories where new technologies were discovered and exploited; the chaos of bombarded streets and the fallen beams of broken homes.
Beyond those specific images lie broader themes: the intersection of individual lives and entire nations, the clash of old cultures and new ideas and, finally, a glimpse of the startling art forms launched in the aftermath of the conflict.