In 2015 the world’s largest poppy was created from thousands of heartfelt messages on metal poppy discs in the Auckland Domain, The Giant Poppy Art Installation is now going to rest on the soil of France.
The small French town of Arras plans to replicate The Giant Poppy Art Installation in the Town Square in April 2017. This will complete the circle I always envisaged when I first created the artwork in the Auckland Domain to commemorate those who protected our freedom and democracy.
My name is Tony McNeight and during the WW1 commemorations in 2015 I created The Giant Poppy Art installation in the Auckland Domain. I laid 59,000 metal poppy discs with the help of New Zealanders and visitors who placed their poppy petal messages of love and respect.
As an artist I was influenced to create The Giant Poppy Art Installation because of a deep connection through family who had fought and died in both World Wars.
My dream was to create a commemorative art piece where everyone was able to engage. The Giant Poppy Art Installation in the Auckland Domain was achieved because of the help from generous donors, sponsorships, philanthropists and supporters from all over New Zealand.
The Arras Poppy Project has also been a team effort.
Thanks to many generous independent supporters, friends, family and Mainfreight the Poppy will live again in France!