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Come mold poppies!

Jen Rose Poppy Process- installed poppies close upValor and Sacrifice is a public art project designed by artist Jen Rose for the City of Lewisville in connection with The Wall that Heals exhibition that will be in Lewisville May 2-5.

Valor and Sacrifice includes the creation of 750 red ceramic poppies through two public workshops lead by Rose, and an installation of the completed poppies at the site of The Wall that Heals. The red poppy originated after World War I as a universal symbol for veterans and has since been adopted for veterans of any war. The power of this art installation lies in the clustering of individual poppies to form a strong visual impact where installed, and the community involvement of making the poppies.

The public is invited to participate in the creation of these poppies through two events.

  • April 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (or until all poppies are finished): During Lewisville ColorPalooza: A Celebration of Spring on April 6, participants can cut and mold poppies out of wet clay and glaze poppies that are in the bisque-fired stage (first stage of firing clay).
  • April 17, 4-7 p.m.:Visit the MCL Grand to assemble the finished poppies onto their metal “stems” to prepare them for installation.

The Poppies will be on view and installed at The Wall that Heals site, May 2-5, just west of the Bob Wiseman Soccer Complex at Lewisville Lake Park, 200 Lake Park Road.

Following the conclusion of The Wall That Heals, the poppies will be collected and re-installed at another City of Lewisville location yet to be determined.

This project is being paid for in part by a City of Lewisville Artist Microgrant. Learn more about the Artist Microgrant and other art grants available through the City of Lewisville on our website.


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