A MOVING war sculpture that remembers the First World War is on display in Glasgow.

Ian Forsyth, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, helped unveil artwork France 1914 in the People's Palace.

The six-feet tall Italian marble work depicts the last tree remaining on a First World War battlefield and is designed to be a symbol of hope and survival.

Glasgow Museums will exhibit the work across three museums during a three year loan period, in support of Poppyscotland, which provides life-changing support for the Armed Forces community.

After the People's Palace, the sculpture will also be shown at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Riverside Museum during 2017 and 2018.

Caroline Barr, manager of the People’s Palace, oversaw the installation in the main foyer of the museum, with Mr Forsyth, who served in the 15th-19th Hussars.

They were joined by the sculpture’s creator Simon Burns-Cox, who explained a little of his inspiration for the piece.

He said: “To see France 1914 on display in Glasgow during such an important and poignant period is wonderful. I created this artwork in the likeness of the last tree standing in the battlefield.

"By donating it to Poppyscotland and having it displayed here I believe that it is helping to support the charity’s vital work, giving veterans and their families hope for the future.”

Mr Forsyth added: “I am honoured to be one of the first people to see this magnificent sculpture. I believe it is important for people to learn about the impact of war and the sacrifices made, past and present. "I think that engaging people through art is an excellent way for the younger generation to connect to this period in history and I encourage people to come and see this thought-provoking work.”

The People’s Palace is Glasgow’s social history museum, narrating the story of the people and the city from 1750 to the end of the 20th century.

More than 20,000 Glaswegians lost their lives in World War I alone.

Glasgow Museums hopes France 1914 will invite visitors to consider how contemporary artists express commemoration of World War I from the present day view and environment.

The interpretation panel that accompanies the sculpture will encourage people to think about the suffering and sacrifice made by so many in the hope of securing a peaceful and better future.

It will also detail how the public can contribute to Poppyscotland.

Colin Flinn, Head of Fundraising at Poppyscotland, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Glasgow Museums to display France 1914 during the First World War commemorations.

"Poppyscotland was founded in the aftermath of this terrible conflict and, sadly, 100 years on we are needed more than ever."