Isabella, an Epsom Girls Grammar School, Auckland, student has composed a magnificent tiles art piece to commemorate the Great War.
She explains here what each section means:
"Each row of the artwork is set out like a timeline, between 1914 and 1918.
The top row of tiles represents the journey of a soldier from NZ who goes to war, and the horror that he undoubtedly witnessed.
The bottom row of tiles represents the journey of a French solider, defending his country, and the evil that he would have encountered.
The middle row of tiles shows the connections between NZ and France in WWI.
It shows, symbolically, the contribution NZ made to the tunnelling in Arras, the ANZAC involvement in the Battles of the Somme and Messines, and the liberation of Le Quesnoy.
This middle row of tiles is the part that is often unseen – amidst the horror of war, people in the 21st Century fail to mention the miracles that unfolded and the friendships made by men of different countries. "
Do you know anyone at your school who like Isabella, as created something extraordinary to remember and commemorate WW1?
Shared Histories would gladly help give it the exposure and longevity it deserves by adding it to its collection of mementos.
Contact Pascale Hyboud-Peron with a picture, some text and the name of the author and we'll be sure to feature it on Shared Histories.