‘Wool War One’ – An Army of 780 Small Soldiers, Knit By 500 Volunteers Worldwide For Remembrance Day

‘Wool War One’ – An Army of 780 Small Soldiers, Knit By 500 Volunteers Worldwide For Remembrance Day

Please note this piece was published in 2017.

'Wool War One' - An Army of 780 Small Soldiers, Knit By 500 Volunteers Worldwide For Remembrance Day

Photo: Délit Maille / Alain Leprince

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), in collaboration with Atout France – the France Tourism Development Agency – and the First World War Centenary Partnership Programme presents WOOL WAR ONE, an installation composed of a battalion of 780 small soldiers knitted by a five hundred volunteers from around the world following an online call to action by French self-taught visual artist Délit Maille.

To be inaugurated at the Museum on November 11 at the occasion of Remembrance Day, WOOL WAR ONE highlights the fragile destiny of the soldiers and pays tribute to the victims of the Great War (1914-1918). In this centennial memorial year of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the MMFA joins with these tiny hands in solidarity to launch a message of peace. This presentation is part of the Year of Peace at the MMFA, a vast programme of activities and exhibitions that began in November 2016 with the inauguration of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace. This programming reaffirms the humanist values and commitment of the Museum to peace, diversity, social inclusion and well-being.

Learn more about Wool War One via Quebec publication, The Suburban and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Now over, Délit Maille’s “Wool War One” was on view at the Atrium Moses Deitcher, Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace from Level 2 From November 11, 2017, to January 7, 2018.

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