The Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture in collaboration with the National Treasures and DHL Express shipped a wooden chair to the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’ in Belgium on Thursday October 11, 2018.
The wooden chair is part of a centennial commemorative ‘Assembly Project’ exhibition for the many victims of World War 1 (1914-1918), of which a number of Vincentians died.
The final commemorative weekend of the exhibition will be held from the November 9 to 11, 2018.
It will showcase chairs sent from as many as 120 countries who had suffered losses on Belgian soil, each submitted as a symbolic presentation.
British artist Val Carman, the Artist in Residence-2018 at the Belgium Museum, explained that “the central image of my installation project are empty chairs, representing the loss World War I left in the homes of the families.”
According to the organizers, chairs from 125 countries including a number of Caribbean countries such as Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada have already been sent to the Museum.
It is estimated that over 2,500 persons will attend the exhibition.
The In Flanders Fields Museum was largely destroyed by artillery during the war, but was reconstructed afterwards as a universal and contemporary message of peace, and therefore is an important social mission.