The World of Wearable Art (WOW) phenomenon has arrived at the National Army Museum with the display of 'The Long Shadow' which was an entrant in the 2009 competition.
For the artist Lucy Jerram Moore the work represents 15 years of personal interest in the ongoing effect of New Zealand's war history and the inspiration of previous WOW shows.
The end result intends to resemble the aged marble of memorial statues, and is modelled on a World War I uniform and rifle. The soldier is wearing an amazing cloak of bright red 3-dimensional poppies.
Jerram Moore said World War I and subsequent conflicts have cast a long shadow over New Zealand and New Zealanders:
"This living memorial aims to honour not only those who died during these wars, but also those who survived or who were left behind. It includes copies of letters written during WW1 in the 'wound stripe' at the head of the cloak, and white feathers representing those who stand for a peaceful resolution of conflict. I hope this costume conveys that 'man unleashed' can mean violence and grief, but can also express compassion, love and a passionate commitment to a peaceful future."
This exhibition is on now in the Kippenberger Walkway.
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