Aberfan Poster 2016

It has been 50 years since the Aberfan Disaster that occurred on October 21, 1966. I wanted to create a poster that remembered the 116 children and 28 adults, who were victims of the coal waste tip that slide down the mountainside in the Welsh mining village that engulfed a primary school.

I used the cemetery statues that were used to bury the victims in a typography format to spell the letters ‘’A’’ and ‘’F’’. Incorporating the statues in my poster would be a way to commemorate the victims.

Filters such as the grain filter were used. I thought this added texture and age and ­gave the appearance of a canvas painting. It is abstract and minimalist considering the lack of defined lines and details used. Using shapes to give the appearance of flowers, mountains etc.  A messy composition underlines the choas that took place. The vibrancy and flowers signifies the children whose lives were taken; their innocence of childhood which is so often reflected through bright colours is lost.

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