New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany
Minister von der Leyen visits New Zealand artwork in Dresden
During a visit to the German Museum of Military History in Dresden, Federal Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen paid a visit to ‘Stela’, an art installation by New Zealand artist, Kingsley Baird.
‘Stela’ consists of 18,000 biscuits shaped like World War I soldiers, which are stacked in the form of a monument. The biscuits were baked by the Saxony baking academy (Akademie Deutsches Bäckerhandwerk Sachsen) according to an original ANZAC biscuit recipe.
During the museum's Summer night, around 250 visiting members of the public were invited to eat, take or leave a biscuit from Stela. Eating the biscuits is a symbolic act, standing for society’s consumption of the soldiers we send to war in our name. It is also a gesture of remembrance; by eating the biscuits we reflect and digest the soldiers’ sacrifice.