New Zealand's Giant Poppy on display in the town of Arras, France.
Giant Poppy Blooms in Arras, France
New Zealand’s Giant Poppy, a massive installation artwork made up of over 10,000 petals, has bloomed in the town of Arras, France.
The Poppy, created by New Zealand artist Tony McNeight, has been now gifted to the people of Arras, raised $60,000 for the RNZRSA when it was initially established in the Auckland Domain in 2015.
A large proportion of these had messages from New Zealanders written on the original Poppy discs.
These messages of remembrance, support, commemoration and condolence mixed with those left by the French, at the final installation of the Giant poppy, locally called Le Grand Couellicot.
Fellow Devonport artist Helen Pollock also displayed her work, “Victory Medal” in the centre of the Poppy.
On the day of the unveiling the then-President of France, Francoise Hollande, New Zealand Minister Hon Chris Finlayson, and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau placed the final messages. Overall, this Poppy of Peace also received significant international media attention.
Arras has a unique relationship with New Zealand: during WW1, Kiwi soldiers built massive tunnels under the town. These were used for quartering animals and troops, and getting behind enemy lines.
To find out more, check out the giant poppy website: http://giantpoppy.co.nz