Thursday, 15 October 2015

Gathering the Fallen

                                                                                                                                         This time of year leaves are falling here in my country. I was introduced to a piece of history from even closer to my home when I learned of the Canadian solider, Leslie Miller, who in 1917 after fighting in the Battle at Vimy Ridge, France, gathered some oak acorns and sent them home to his family farm in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. He never knew if he would make it home to see if they transplanted, but he did make it home and  the Vimy Ridge Oak is growing in Ontario, Canada. Now there is a group who hope to repatriate the Oaks back to France and hopefully to have them thriving for the One Hundredth Anniversary in 2017. Many Canadian Artists are contributing works to tell the story and to remember all the Fallen. I was asked to send in an idea for a Vimy Ridge Oak Angel, and that is what this paper sculpture is commemorating.

I grew up in this eastern section of Toronto, and it is with great pride I donate my imagination and skill to send an Angel to watch over the growth of these original Oaks.