Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wool War I

An example of "craftivism", Wool War I is on display at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until January 7, 2018. It consists of an 18-meter long column of 780 hand-knitted soldiers, and represents the work of 500 "craftivists" from all over the world. Nineteen countries are represented in their various identifying costumes. The project was initiated by French artist Délit Maille.

The Museum's website reads, in part,
"Wool War I highlights the fragile destiny of the soldiers and pays tribute to the victims of the Great War (1914-18). In this centennial memorial year of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the MMFA joins with these tiny hands in solidarity to launch a message of peace."
To read a definition of "craftivism" and to learn more about it, please see the Wikipedia page.

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