THE DANGER TREE MOVES TO LIVERPOOL
Launched initially in Greenwich on 1st July 2016 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the Battle of the Somme, The Danger Tree augmented reality art exhibition is moving to Liverpool on 18th November 2016; 100 years to the day from the end of that atrocious 1st World War battle.
The exhibition features five new paintings by Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot, bringing the total of augmented reality paintings to fifteen. Launched on Friday 18th November and continuing until Sunday 18th December, the exhibition is being held at the Dr Martin Luther King Building on Albert Dock, and once again will be housed within a specially constructed set to resemble a bombed out gallery from a few miles behind the enemy lines in 1916.
All fifteen augmented reality oil paintings were inspired by poems from the First World War, and a focal point for this exhibition is a painting entitled The First & the Last, which is dedicated to the Liverpool Pals Brigade.
THE LIVERPOOL PALS:
The Liverpool Pals battalions were formed after Lord Derby’s appeal for volunteers from the business community in Liverpool at the start of the Great War. He expected to raise one battalion, but such was the response, four battalions were formed. He first coined the phrase Pals in his recruitment speech “This should be a battalion of Pals”, and thus the Liverpool Pals were the first Pals battalions raised and the last to be stood down.
They fought with distinction throughout the war including the battles at Arras, Passchendaele and the Somme. Over 2,800 gave their lives, never to return home to their loved ones.
One such Pal was Arthur Seanor, who was killed in action on 1st July 1916, the opening day of the Battle of the Somme. It was his 28th birthday.
Arthur penned the letter you see here in the knowledge that it would be received by his mother in the event of his death. We can only imagine what thoughts were going through his mind as he wrote each word. Arthur’s body was not recovered and his name is carved with pride on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme alongside over 72,000 others.
Thanks to Liverpool City Council and Culture Liverpool, an enlargement of this painting will also be on display throughout the exhibition in Exchange Flags, an historic square in central Liverpool.
Dr Martin Luther King Building, Liverpool.