Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Regeneration Hall

Could someone with flower expertise identify these for Cheryl? And for those who looked in early yesterday, I added a link later in the day for a passage I wrote for that sequence in question, with some shots from the place I finally settled on.

From the War Museum, this is a view from the staircase inside Regeneration Hall, where Walter Allward's plaster statues are gathered together. These were the half-scale models Allward used in his design for the Vimy Ridge Memorial in France, commemorating the First World War battle won by Canadian soldiers.


  1. Interesting. I have visited Vimy several times; it is an amazing place. Huge. Much of the surrounding land is still unsafe, because of unexploded ordinance from WW1. The memorial is visible on the skyline for miles - it is a breathtaking and incredibly moving memorial that every Canadian should see. One statue, in particular, gets to me.

  2. They look a little ghostly in the photo. Very effective.

  3. I haven't visited Vimy but after looking at it on the web, I would love to see. Quite impressive.

  4. i don't know what the flowers are but the memorial is very nice

  5. I didn't realize the plaster images of the memorial at Vimy Ridge still exist. How cool they are being housed in the museum!

  6. @Mike: I will have to photograph each of these in turn. One of them in particular haunts me. I wonder if it's the same one.

    @Debs: that is the effect I was going for.

    @Stuart: it's a place I have to see for myself.

    @Tanya: I figure someone will know it sooner or later. I'm hopeless with flowers.

    @EG: they're people sized, so the real ones will be double our size, and they're dwarfed by the monument as a whole.

  7. kinda neat to have the smaller scale ones on display.

  8. So interesting. Thanks for the info William.

  9. It is always interesting to compare the models with the originals: sometimes there are differences or afterthoughts, sometimes they are really identical.

  10. @Birdman: I decided to extend this into tomorrow after doing the same.

    @Tex: it allows you to get up close and study the features.

    @Jose: and it's a good setting for them.

    @Judy: wait til you see tomorrow's post.

    @Luis: you're welcome.

    @VP: Allward put a lot of work into building these, and it was quite an accomplishment what he and his team did.

  11. So interesting to see the small scale models William, I should imagine the full size in-situ in France would be most impressive.

  12. I think I need to go to Vimy...

    The flowers are very pretty but I have no clue what they are, sorry!

  13. I like art and I like remembering. So this post is perfect for me. (Not so keen on war).


  14. It's good the models are on display for all to see!

  15. Nice models!

    Thanks, Perth, for identifying my plants! I do believe you're correct and I'm so glad to put a name to them!

  16. @Grace: from everything I've seen of it, definitely.

    @Marleen: thanks!

    @Ciel: I'd like to see a photoblogger's take on Vimy.

    @Janis: it's a haunting kind of museum.

    @RedPat: it's been a great idea to place all of them there.

    @Cheryl: I figured that would be of assistance.

  17. It looks like a haunted place with the shadows.

  18. No clue but they are interesting.

  19. I think the flowers are plumbago.
    Vimy Memorial is new to me.

  20. @Mari: there's also a recorded sound in that hall of the wind, made before they closed it off to the outside and put on a loop. It's a haunting kind of sound.

    @Randy: thanks!

    @Linda: it does.

    @Jackie: they are of historical significance.

    @Kay: for Canadians, Vimy is like Bunker Hill.