Tempsford Vale Cemetery is very loosely based on the look of the many Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries around the world from various conflicts.
Initial construction of the cemetery took place in early 2014.
The base of the cemetery is hardboard, covered in a sheet of static flock model grass.
The walls were made from foam card, covered in dolls house brick wall paper and finished with white paint and weathered with watercolour and acrylic paint. The walls were then all attached together to create a horseshoe shape and mounted onto my mud mix in a small trench made around the edge of the flock grass on the hardboard base. The entrance columns were constructed from thin card, coated in brick paper, painted and then mounted in place at either end of the wall.
The gates are a very simplified design of the ones I photographed at Beaumont Hamel British Cemetery in the Somme. I made various attempts to make these gates, failing each time. I then remembered as a child watching my Grandfather making some very intricate dollhouse furniture and how he used to draw out a design onto thin paper then loosely tack the wood to it with some PVA glue. He would then glue it with some strong wood glue at the joints, leave it 24 hours and then gently soak the paper off. I tried this technique and it worked! The gates were then painted and very gently pinned into place on the entrance columns.
The finishing touches to the cemetery were a small cemetery register that was made from cardboard, painted and mounted on the right entrance column, some small flowers for the graves (poppies and irises) which were made from tissue paper and thin wire and finally some small British Royal Legion Remembrance Crosses, which were made from thin wood and paper.