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Tony McNeight: The Giant Poppy Peace Project – Place a poppy message for peace
April 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - May 9, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Artist Tony McNeight invites you to visit Depot Artspace on Monday 23 April, Tuesday 24 April and ANZAC Day, Wednesday 25 April to participate in The Giant Poppy Peace Project.
Come and write a personal ANZAC message on a poppy petal/disc, to honour loved ones who gave their lives in all wars. You will be able to view the Giant Poppy installation in our Main Gallery from 26 April – 9 May.
Tony McNeight created The Giant Poppy in Auckland Domain in 2015 where 59,000 messaged red poppy petals were placed on the ground, creating the biggest Poppy in the world. He was then invited to the town of Arras in Northern France where he again created the Poppy of Peace (Coquelicot de Paix) with French people writing messages of thanks to New Zealanders who helped to liberate the town. New Zealand artist Helen Pollock’s beautiful Victory Medal sculpture was the centerpiece of the Poppy.
The Poppy has now come full circle with its final resting place in Tony’s local community of Devonport, Auckland, recreated on the walls of Depot Artspace.
The Giant Poppy Peace Project will officially open with a special event on Monday 23 April, 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Main Gallery, alongside Helen Pollock’s exhibition opening for A Moving Tribute.