The Titirangi Roundabout became a blaze of colour on ANZAC morning with the “planting” of 1,000 specially made, extra large poppies in the pre-dawn hours, by artist Cristina Beth and a band of helpers. The poppies were created and “planted” in a project that combined an art form, an honour to the soldiers who fell in different wars and a peace project – with people invited to either take a poppy in exchange for a koha or better yet, in exchange for a pledge to carry out a good deed and spread the desire for peace. Those pledging to do a good deed undertook to let Cristina know what they did and what the results were. Cristina intends to collate the whole project into an edition of art books.
Copies will be given to the main supporters, the Titirangi RSA, Lopdell Gallery, Auckland Council, GEIS, Artoasis and Cristina herself, so that public can have access to them. The poppies were made at a variety of public workshops, including workshops at the Lopdell House Gallery at its temporary home in New Lynn in the months leading up to ANZAC day. They were made from red felt with a large raincoat button sewn into the centre by the volunteers. Cristina says she had messages all ANZAC Day on how many people had enjoyed the “installation” after taking part in the remembrance parade.