Canadian WAR Flowers Return To Vimy, France, 100 Years Later.

 
Alexander Reford, (far left) Director, Jardin de Metis, at the opening of the WAR Flowers exhibition at the new Visitors Education Centre, Vimy, France, with David Stevenson, (relative of Lt. Col. George S. Cantlie) and curator Viveka Melki.

Alexander Reford, (far left) Director, Jardin de Metis, at the opening of the WAR Flowers exhibition at the new Visitors Education Centre, Vimy, France, with David Stevenson, (relative of Lt. Col. George S. Cantlie) and curator Viveka Melki.

Alexandra Bachand, perfumer of the WAR Flowers exhibition, enters the Visitors Education Centre at the Canadian War Memorial in Vimy, France, on the official opening on May 3rd.

Alexandra Bachand, perfumer of the WAR Flowers exhibition, enters the Visitors Education Centre at the Canadian War Memorial in Vimy, France, on the official opening on May 3rd.

The WAR Flowers touring art exhibition opened in the new Visitors Education Centre, at the Canadian War Memorial, in Vimy, France on May 2nd, and will run for the whole of the summer until September 2nd, 2018. The new Visitors Education Centre was opened by Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, last year, and presents the unique exhibition containing the 100 year old 
pressed flowers plucked from the battlefields of France, by Canadian officer, Lt. Col. George S. Cantlie.

Illuminated visitors at the official opening of the WAR Flowers exhibition in Vimy, France.

Illuminated visitors at the official opening of the WAR Flowers exhibition in Vimy, France.

The multi-sensory World War 1 exhibition was opened with fanfare by officials at the Visitors Education Centre, at the Canadian War Memorial, and by Alexander Reford, Director of Les Jardins de Metis / Reford Gardens, Quebec. This is the first traveling art exhibition Jardins de Metis have produced, which presents the 100 year old World War 1 pressed flowers alongside ten original hand-engraved crystal works of art by Mark Raynes Roberts, and olfactory perfumes by Alexandra Bachand, with historical artifacts and an original soundtrack.

Over 1000 daily visitors are expected to view the exhibition which will return to the Chateau Ramezay Museum, in Montreal, opening on October 24, 2018, and running until January 5th, 2020.

“Mother’s Love” created by crystal artist Mark Raynes Roberts, one of the ten WAR Flowers crystal sculptures now on display in Vimy, France, until, September 2nd, 2018.

“Mother’s Love” created by crystal artist Mark Raynes Roberts, one of the ten WAR Flowers crystal sculptures now on display in Vimy, France, until, September 2nd, 2018.

For more information on the exhibition please visit: www.warflowers.ca

 
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