CORNING – The Corning Center for the Fine Arts is inviting everyone to crochet poppies for an upcoming community art installation These Fallen Friends. The goal is form a poppy field around the town’s Veterans Memorial the weekend of Veteran’s Day in November 2019.
These Fallen Friends will serve as a companion piece to the art center’s upcoming exhibit One Man, One War, One Hundred Years by Iowa Artist Michael Wilson. Wilson’s exhibition is a travelling art exhibition that commemorates the 100th anniversary of World War One. Wilson’s project is endorsed as an official project of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission and the Iowa WWI Centennial Committee.
Because the travelling exhibition ends in fall of 2019 at the Corning Center for the Fine Arts, Wilson and the art center wanted to do something special. To engage the community they added a community art installation – a poppy field of crocheted poppies. Inspired by the famous World War One poem *In Flanders Fields* the poppy became the universal symbol to remember soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Each poppy will represent an Iowan who died serving in World War One.
In conjunction with the exhibition and poppy field, the art center will also be hosting the State Historical Society’s “World War I Honor Roll” that honors the more than 4,000 Iowans who lost their lives serving during The Great War.
Veteran’s Day weekend 2019:
• One Man, One War, One Hundred Years – Corning Center for the Fine Arts
• World War I Honor Roll – Corning Center for the Fine Arts
• These Fallen Friends – poppy field around Corning’s Veteran’s Memorial
Wilson and the art center feel a poppy field is a moving way to communicate the scope of the number of Iowans who died serving in World War One. More information and suggested poppy patterns can be found at CorningFineArts.com.