Published on Wednesday, 29th August 2018
Maldon District Commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War
Maldon District Council, with the support of Maldon Town Council and the Trustees of the Moot Hall and the Maeldune Centre, is pleased to announce that the Danger Tree exhibitions are coming to Maldon as part of the commemorations of the centenary of the end of WWI. The exhibitions support the ‘Battle's Over’ commemoration event on the evening of 11 November in Promenade Park.
The Danger Tree comprises two different free interactive art exhibitions commemorating World War I, and a pre-exhibition evening talk. The art exhibitions include original paintings and limited edition prints using state-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) software to bring each piece alive through poetry, animation and music. Visitors will be offered the technology to watch the paintings transform into an immersive 3D experience, using hand-held devices and headphones, with each telling the compelling story of soldiers who fought and fell in the Great War from 1914 to 1918. The devices are provided free of charge to experience this ground-breaking event. Created by award-winning artists Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot, this is the first time The Danger Tree has come to Essex, following critically-acclaimed showcases in London, Manchester Belfast, Liverpool and Birmingham.
Introduction to the Danger Tree exhibition: 25 October – 7pm: an opportunity to learn more about the Danger Tree exhibition by Marc Marot. To be held, with the kind permission of the Minister, at the United Reformed Church, Maldon. Free admission.
Maeldune Centre: 27 October to 13 November: an exhibition showing ten portraits of soldiers from the Great War, amongst which will be one centred on a Maldon story.
Moot Hall: 27 October to 18 November: this exhibition depicts images of the Great War buried within Scarlett Raven’s impressionistic landscape oil paintings. Each painting triggers augmented reality to reveal harrowing narrative of the fallen while reminding us of the impact on loved ones. This exhibition contains fascinating animation, music, and wartime poetry narrated by acclaimed actors including Vicky McClure and Sean Bean.
‘Battle's Over’ at the Promenade Park: 11 November: this commemoration event is an opportunity for all residents to honour all those who gave their lives during WWI. The event will feature a collection of silhouettes of WWI soldiers which the District Council has made available to all the parish councils in the District, offering them an opportunity for the community's expression of remembrance. More details of the commemoration event will be available closer to the date.
In anticipation of further commemoration events throughout the District, the Maldon District Tourist information Centre has created a dedicated web page of information - visitmaldondistrict.co.uk/battlesover listing events which are taking place up to 11 November. Please email email@example.com to let them know of any plans that you or your community has to mark this occasion.