City building | September 10, 2020
WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition opens at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga on September 17. The unique and historically-based exhibit, offers visitors a unique way to experience a part of Canada’s rich history, ensuring the memories of those who served a century ago live on for years to come.
During the First World War, Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel George Stephen Cantlie plucked flowers from the fields of war-torn Europe, sending them home to his baby daughter Celia in Montreal. Artist Viveka Melki presents 10 of these century-old flowers in an exhibition that examines human nature in wartime. Using floriography–the Victorian language of flowers–Melki has created an immersive, multisensory experience featuring Cantlie’s letters, specially-commissioned optical crystal sculptures and original flower-based scents, interwoven with the personal stories of 10 Canadians directly involved in the war.
The Museums of Mississauga is also presenting a local connection to the First World War through the Bradley Museum’s exhibit, Our Boys: Mississauga’s Fallen Soldiers 1914-1918 as well as a Speaker’s Series that focuses on the stories of soldiers from Black and Indigenous communities.
WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition Preview Event
Thursday, September 17, 2020
5-6 p.m. (media)
6-7 p.m. (dignitaries)
Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Dr.
Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8
(Duke of York Blvd. east entrance)
Free to the public
All media must RSVP in order to attend the event. Please register using the link below:
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 3253