VIMY100

Special Project

Poppy Tent
Poppy Tent
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The Night Tent
The Night Tent
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The Night Tent
The Night Tent
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Painting the floor of the Poppy Tent
Painting the floor of the Poppy Tent

The floor of the Night Tent was painted to reflect the topography of Vimy Ridge from a satellite image. Red contour lines were superimposed on this ground. The image provoked a destabilizing effect when one entered the tent.

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VIMY100 Sand Bag Installation
VIMY100 Sand Bag Installation
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Silkscreen printing
Silkscreen printing

Students silkscreen printing maple leaves onto the Poppy Tent

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Detail of soldiers
Detail of soldiers

Detail of soldiers on the exterior of the Cross Tent

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Tents in progress
Tents in progress
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Students in the Night Tent
Students in the Night Tent

The students who worked on the VIMY100 Project.

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London Free Press PR
London Free Press PR

The London Free Press gave us front page coverage of The Arts Project Annual Second Year Exhibition where two of the tents were installed.

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Western University music student
Western University music student

Western University music students (SASAH) performed an experimental musical work in and around our tent installation prior to the opening of their Culture Days event. The musical director was Fanshawe student, William Tillman.

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Will Tillman performing
Will Tillman performing

Fanshawe student, William Tillman 'conducts' his experimental musical performance at The Arts Project.

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Western University music student
Western University music student
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Students painting the Night Tent
Students painting the Night Tent
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Preliminary study for the Night Tent
Preliminary study for the Night Tent
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Detail of the Poppy Tent
Detail of the Poppy Tent
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The Control Room
The Control Room
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The Control Room
The Control Room
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The Arts Project opening night
The Arts Project opening night

Meme Ireland, Avalon McLaughlin, Joscelyn Gardner, Shannon Williston, Hanna Storms, Dana Mero, and Gary Spearin at the opening for the Annual Second Year Exhibition at The Arts Project (March 2017).

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The Cross Tent
The Cross Tent
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Poster for Tent 1 Poppy Tent
Poster for Tent 1 Poppy Tent
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Night Tent Poster
Night Tent Poster
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Cross Tent poster
Cross Tent poster
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In 2016, the Fanshawe College Fine Art Program was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Legion to create artwork to mark Canada's celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. A group of 15 second year students were tasked with producing a project that could occupy floor space. The resulting mixed media installation of three large-scale WW1 era bell tents, and an installation of over 300 hand-printed sand bags, which was researched and produced in the Visual Research 1 & 2 courses (under Joscelyn Gardner), and the Fine Art Studio 4 course (under Gary Spearin)  speaks to the conflicting feelings of horror and pride associated with the Great War. With their contemporary perspectives, students explored ideas and artwork developed from artifacts and research at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum in London, and WW1 European and Canadian war artists' images. This work was exhibited at The Arts Project (203 Dundas Street) and later, as part of the military veterans' VIMY100 celebration at the London Convention Centre on April 1st, 2017.

 

The students who worked on this project were Anthony Di Fazio, Cailean Forder, Monica Grunwald,Elizabeth Hardman, Memengwaana Ireland, Avalon McLaughlin, Dana Mero, Rose Oliver, Tommy Pham, Johny Pham, Samantha Picken, Hanna Storms, William Tillman, and Shannon Williston.