New Zealand Embassy Berlin, Germany

Stela – a remembrance project by Kingsley Baird

New Zealand installation artist, Kingsley Baird at the Dresden Museum of Military History

An unusual remembrance project is under way at the Dresden Museum of Military History. 

New Zealand installation artist, Kingsley Baird, is stacking 18,000 soldier-shaped biscuits, as a memorial to the soldiers of World War One. Following the opening on Saturday 12 July, when Dresden Museums will be open into the evening, the edible memorial will be on exhibition until 27 July.  With his project, ‘Stela’, Baird hopes to foster remembrance for all soldiers and calls for contemporary reflection on World War One. 

For Baird, the biscuits’ fragility symbolizes the breakable consistency of memory.  To draw attention to the sacrifice made by soldiers, and societies’ ultimately responsibility for this, visitors are invited to take the biscuits with them, to eat them or to leave them where they are.  ‘Stela’ is exhibited under the patronage of the New Zealand Ambassador to Germany and was constructed in cooperation with the Akademie Deutsche Bäckerhandwerk Sachen e.V. 

The Dresden Museum of Military History and the New Zealand Embassy look forward to welcoming you!

 

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