Wool War One / The Wool army : the projet of a hundred hands
The idea of Wool War One surfaced in 2013 when Délit Maille was commissioned by La Piscine, André Diligent Museum of Art and Industry in Roubaix, to design a work in anticipation of the centenary of the Great War. Wool War One took shape after a visit to one of the huge military cemeteries in the North of France, where the visual artist noticed the names and ages of the "dead in action". She then called the public to design the soldiers with a height of 15 cm each.
In just a few days, 499 knitters and volunteer knitters of all ages, from five continents (as the soldiers in 1914), joined the project. Délit Maille then ensured to assemble the 18m long column of small soldiers which revived the silent account of the millions of lives crushed during this world conflict.
The work features 780 uniformed soldiers from 20 of the states involved in the conflict, allied and enemies. They all make an echo to the National Tricot movement, established in France from the start of the war by the French President Raymond Poincaré, who encouraged women to knit warm clothes for their brothers, sons, husbands or compatriots left in battle.
Canadians present in the Wool Army
Freshly landed in Montreal, the soldiers of the Wool War One woolen army are grouped by nationalities, the French soldiers being the most numerous. Canadians can be recognized by their beige uniform with a crest on their arm. Canadian soldiers played a major role in the First World War when they captured Vimy Ridge in 1917. They went to battle on what was considered a real cemetery, as previous French attacks had all failed. Vimy became a symbol of the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers and 11,285 of them, who died in France, remained buried there. Today, in Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts remembers ...
Exhibition at the Montreal Museum od Fine Arts
From November 10th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018
1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5