October 25, 2018
A vibrant collage of crocheted poppies now adorns the southeast corner of the Goulbourn Museum. The art installation entitled “Poppies of Goulbourn,” was created by volunteers of the Museum’s Yap & Yarn fibre arts group and recognizes the significant military contributions of the community since the War of 1812. It was mounted on the historical building by Museum staff to ensure any conservation concerns were met.
This year’s collage is a pilot project. The Museum’s goal is to work out any kinks and launch a much larger installation next year. “Starting on a smaller scale allows for trial and error and gives us an opportunity to create a successful plan for 2019,” says Sarah Holla, Collections and Education Officer. “Our aim is to open this up to the community and local groups. We would love to get people of all ages making poppies, from retirees to Guides and Scouts,” she says.
Caitlyn McDougall, the Museum’s Programming Officer, will take the lead on next year’s poppy project which will launch in January 2019. Members of the Yap & Yarn fibre arts group will continue to play an active role and have also offered to teach the art of poppy making next year.
“This art installation is a visual reminder of the military contributions made over the years by the men and women of Goulbourn and celebrates our history as Ottawa’s first military community,” says Tracey Donaldson, Manager and Exhibitions Curator.
“Poppies of Goulbourn” will be featured at the Museum until Remembrance Day.
For more information on how you or your community group can get involved, call the Museum at 613-831-2393 or email: [email protected]