Rod Kurtz tells us about a new exhibition in Edmonton, an immersive experience called "War Flowers". Curator Viveka Melki share her inspirations for this emotional story.
Opening January 31 at Edmonton’s Borealis Gallery, Located in the Alberta Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre
An Innovative, Multi-Sensorial Exhibition Exploring Human Nature in the Landscape of War through Floriography, Sculpture and Scent. During the First World War (1914-18) Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel George Stephen Cantlie picked flowers from the fields and gardens of war-torn Europe, pressing and drying them within a book. Every day, he sent one flower home, along with a short, affectionate note to one of his children, including his one-year-old baby daughter Celia in Montreal, so that, as she grew up, she would have something to remember him by in the event he didn’t survive that terrible war.
The Canadian Press Hina Alam https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/poppies-from-the-first-world-war-tour-country-as-symbol-of-hope-resilience
HINA ALAM THE CANADIAN PRESS Novembre, 5 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-poppies-from-the-first-world-war-tour-country-as-symbol-of-hope-2/
By Hina AlamThe Canadian Press Tues., Nov. 5, 2019 https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/11/05/flowers-from-the-first-world-war-tour-country-as-symbol-of-hope-resilience.html
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An interview from Claude Deschênes - In French. Program : C’est un monde FRANCE 2
Un père, parti sur le front lors de la Première Guerre mondiale, envoie des fleurs séchées à sa toute petite fille pour qu'elle ne l'oublie pas. Voilà ce que raconte l'exposition Fleurs d'armes, une façon originale [...]
Click here to listen to the interview CFRA's Kristy Cameron speaks with Viveka Melki, curator of War Flowers at the Canadian War Museum CFRA 580 News Talk Radio November 10, 2017
Click here to listen to the interview with Viveka Melki and Alexandra Bachand An exhibit inspired by a soldier who sent pressed flowers home Ontario Today CBC News Ottawa November 10, 2017