Commemoration Garland at Cotehele

Close up of the artwork for the Commemoration Garland

The annual Christmas garland, built from flowers grown in Cotehele garden is always a big event and this year, the centenary of the end of the First World War, is being marked with an extra-special display.

West Country print-artist, Dominique Coiffait, has worked alongside the garden team to transform the Great Hall into an artwork to commemorate the Armistice. The artwork represents the ebb and flow of life and the seasons at Cotehele, with flowers and foliage interwoven with reproductions of the First World War artefacts the local community have shared for the four years of the centenary exhibitions.

What has Dominique created?

Dominique has spent 2018 in a 'virtual residency' at Cotehele, making regular visits to sketch the flowers, foliage and wildlife found in the garden across the seasons. He then carved his sketches into lino blocks and printed from these in a range of colours.

Dominique is coming to Cotehele throughout the year to sketch seasonal flowers for the Commemoration Garland display
Dominique sketching seasnoal flowers in the garden at Cotehele
Dominique is coming to Cotehele throughout the year to sketch seasonal flowers for the Commemoration Garland display

Each design has been cut out by hand and built into a giant collage which works its way around the walls of the Great Hall and complements the 60ft long cut flower garland made by the garden team and the First World War exhibition in the adjacent Breakfast Room.

" We use floral tributes to honour our dead; we place flowers on a grave and poppies at the foot of a war memorial, yet they are also symbols of fertility, renewal and awakening. This artwork should be a respectful commemoration of those who went before, to those who fought and died and those who survived and sowed the seeds for future generations."
- Dominique Coiffait

When can we see this artwork?

The Commemoration Garland is on display every day until 6 January 2019, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

First World War memento at Cotehele, Cornwall

Dulce et decorum est

This final year of Cotehele's First World War centenary exhibitions features stories, photos, trench art and personal items loaned from members of the local community.