Check Out the Pink Palace’s Giant (and Realistic) WWI Trench

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 4th 2013 5000 0

This summer, the Pink Palace is taking playing with army men to a whole new level.

Model trench, Pink Palace Museum

Artist CB Jolley has been hard at work creating a huge model trench that will serve as a display for the museum's collection of toy soldiers this summer. The soldiers, which are made of lead, were made in 1917, so they look right at home in their World War I trench.

The trench, by the way, is awesome. Jolley and his crew have built it on a giant table so that you can look at it from above or from the sides. It's been quite the arts and crafts project, involving hundreds of small pieces of wood and thousands of Chicklets (they make for realistic-looking mini sandbags).


The trench is just one small part of a huge World War I exhibit at the Pink Palace. They'll also have a display of metal art created by World War I soldiers from whatever they could find in the trenches (bullets, shrapnel, machine parts, artillery shells, etc.), more than 50 framed sheet music covers from period songs and a tribute to war hero Alvin York (a native Tennesseean).

The exibit will be on display from June 8 through September 1, and is included in regular museum admission.

Go there:

Swords into Plowshares: Soldiers' Art and Music of the Great War

Pink Palace Museum

3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 320-6320


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  1. Fabbabe says:

    Those sandbags might look like Chicklets, but they are individually handcrafted from clay especially for this model.

  2. Deby says:

    Ahhhh…  Here it is! Very nice!!

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