A unique interactive art installation will start to take shape in the gardens at Erewash Museum this weekend as part of a Doves of Peace remembrance project – and residents are urged to get involved.
The Doves, made entirely from recycled plastic milk cartons, will take centre stage on the front lawn in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.
Artist Anna Roebuck has once again teamed up with Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development team to work on the installation inspired by artist Alexander Calder’s magical mobile installations.
Anna will set up an activity station in the museum’s War Gallery for members of the public to make their own Doves of Peace which can then be added to the growing installation. The museum team will be on hand to help people create their remembrance dove from Saturday 12 October to Tuesday 12 November during the usual museum opening hours – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am - 4pm.
Anyone wanting to get involved should take their own clean, dry plastic milk bottles along – either two or four pint containers. All other materials will be provided. The activity is suitable for children aged eight or over, or younger if supported by an adult.
Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Mike Wallis, said
“This is a wonderful arts project and a perfect way to remember the fallen in wars and conflicts as well as giving thanks to all who served. As well as getting a younger generation involved in remembrance, the use of plastic cartons to create a memorial will also highlight how we must help the environment. This is a real opportunity for our communities to work together to create an eye-catching piece of work that will have pride of place at Erewash Museum.”
Erewash Museum is in Ilkeston Town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm during school term time, and Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm during school holidays. Admission is free. Contact 0115 907 1141, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page.