DZ Closer

DZ Closer 2014
Watercolour & Gouache on paper
56 x 39 cm

Exhibited: Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition 2014/15
RWS Contemporary Watercolours 2015
Quay Arts Open 2015

As part of the allied invasion in 1944 air drops over Normandy were planned in great detail and carefully rehearsed: aircraft flying in strict formation, paratroops jumping in sticks of 11 at exactly the right time, height and location.

On the day these designs could be, and usually were, disrupted by weather, enemy action, human error or random events until the carefully prepared patterns dissolved or were shattered and disintegrated.

DZ is the target landing area: Drop Zone, to distinguish it from LZ: Landing Zone used by gliders.