Remember Them remembers all who served in WWI. Almost 100,000 New Zealanders (10% of all Kiwis at that time) served overseas in WWI, with over 18,000 dying and 40,000 injured. The total number of casualties for all countries in WWI was 37 million. The Art of Remembrance provides two unique and permanent ways for us to Remember Them.
Project director and curator, Paul Baragwanath, comments
The Art of Remembrance remembers those who served in WWI. Remembrance is like a golden vine or protective cape created to adorn The Soldiers’ Memorial Church, and then to go out across New Zealand and the world. Each individual quatrefoil artwork is beautiful, with its own spirit, each interacting independently with the changing light of day and night. As a whole, Remembrance captures both the collective sacrifice of war and the positive potential of collective human endeavour. The Art of Remembrance project has only been possible due to the huge voluntary contributions of hundreds of people, businesses and institutions, led by Max Gimblett’s priceless gift of Remembrance.
The Installation – Khyber Pass, Auckland, New Zealand
The Art of Remembrance is physically located at St David’s – The Soldiers’ Memorial Church – 68 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland, New Zealand. The art installation remembers all who served in WWI, and by extension, all wars.
Remembrance the artwork comprises thousands Max Gimblett, brass quatrefoil pieces, each the size of an outstretched soldier’s hand. The quatrefoil is an Iona cross, a universal symbol of peace and new life, and here becomes a Pacific Poppy. Click here to acquire your Remembrance artwork.
The three-month long installation on St David’s was unveiled on 24 April 2015, the eve of ANZAC Day. The ANZAC soldiers and nurses are at Gallipoli from April to December 1915.
Inspired by Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper at the Tower of London, Remembrance on The Soldiers’ Memorial Church is our response to remembering WWI.
The Art of Remembrance – an evolving project
The Art of Remembrance is an evolving project that will live on once the Remembrance artworks come down from the Soldiers’ Memorial Church. The Remembrance artworks are for sale now, with orders selling to homes, businesses and institutions across New Zealand and the world. Proceeds from the sale of artwork goes to the restoration of The Soldiers’ Memorial Church: a special place of remembrance that can serve as a permanent memorial for all. Its foundation stone was laid on ANZAC Day in 1927, just a year before its neighbour, the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Further events and exhibitions are planned – visit us again soon!
Max Gimblett – Remembrance
Internationally acclaimed artist Max Gimblett has created a series of solid brass quatrefoils that remember those who served in WW1. These individually hand-screenprinted artworks are a stunning and permanent pledge to Remember Them.
Voices of Remembrance
Help us create an emotional soundscape, where your voice will represent a soldier who died or was wounded in WW1. Voices of Remembrance is growing daily, a further permanent way to Remember Them.