Flowers of War is an intricately connected artwork drawing on stories of World War One from local communities archives and museums. At Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance from October 2018.
The appearance of cornflowers and poppies on the battlefields at the end of the First World War symbolised for many the fragility of life and the hope of rebirth. This collaborative work of art comprises enamelled floral emblems of remembrance, inspired by those found on the battlefield and at home.
Measuring over two metres in diameter and composed of more than 400 individual handcrafted brooches.
Flowers of war is a collaboration between the artists Kirsten Haydon (NZ), Elizabeth Turrell (UK) and Neal Haslem (AUST).
This project has been exhibited at The Cantebury Museum in 2017 and the Royal West of England Academy in 2018. The project is supported by the Creative New Zealand WW100 Co-commissioning Fund and RMIT University.