Hosting venues: Kew Gardens, Saatchi Gallery, Freud Museum, Firepower: Royal Artillery Museum, Brunei Gallery - SOAS, Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, The Museum of the Order of St John, The Foundling Museum, Gordon Museum of Pathology
Open: 1 - 29 November 2015
Artist Paddy Hartley created a series of highly emotive and thought provoking handmade poppy sculptures using pathologically preserved lamb’s heart tissue. The sculptures were displayed in a diverse range of institutions across London during November 2015.
Drawing on the poppy’s synonymity with the commemoration of World War 1, Papaver Rhoeas are finely crafted artworks produced by a unique team of art and science practitioners that address contemporary notions of remembrance and the cultural phenomena of memorialisation. The poppies varied in colour and composition, and were installed in a thematically diverse range of institutions covering topics such as the military, science, social history, theology and contemporary art.
A selection of Hartley’s poppies are designed to transition from solid object to transparent ghost like forms and in some cases to disappear using tissue clearing processes. As temporary, transitory and ephemeral artworks, Papaver Rhoeas dispute the veneration of the material trace and present a charged, vital and momentary reliquary for remembrance and memory. The project is supported by the Wellcome Trust.
Dr. Ian Thompson, Medical Device Innovation, Dental Institute King's College London
Mr William Edwards, Gordon Museum of Pathology, King's College London
Professor Malcolm Logan, Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics, King's College London
Curator: Niamh White
With special thanks to the Dental Institute Kings College London