Manchester City Council

Augmented reality First World War collection to be showcased at Central Library

A collection of poignant paintings will be on display at Manchester Central Library from Monday 15 January, to help mark the centenary of the end of World War One.

Telling an immersive story of the soldiers who fought and fell between 1914 and 1918, The Danger Tree exhibition will run until Saturday 31 March.  

The Danger Tree was created by art duo Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot as a tribute to the Newfoundland Regiment which, under orders from British Command, used a tree halfway into No Man’s Land to assemble. The German artillery caught on, leading to many casualties and the tree later became known as The Danger Tree.

Scarlett Raven’s collaboration with Marc Marot and use of the app, Blippar, has led her to be the first oil painter in the UK to delve into the world of augmented reality. While her paintings appear conventional at a first glance, Blippar allows the viewer to unlock the creative journey of each painting with their smartphone, stripping away the countless layers of paint and revealing the deeply personal process beneath every piece through poetry, animation and music.

Scarlett Raven said: “It’s a privilege to be bringing The Danger Tree to a venue as iconic as Manchester Central Library.

"This exhibition is particularly poignant as we mark 100 years since the end of the conflict and I want to give the centenary due recognition.

“I’m inviting people to view painting in a completely different way and hope that viewers will engage with the work beyond the canvas, beyond the wall and beyond the library.  I want each piece to become an event in itself - a very personal and intimate event.”

Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said: ‘’The Danger Tree paintings created by Scarlett and Marc are truly symbolic and the methods used to bring each piece to life are astounding.

"We’re looking forward to opening the exhibition at Central Library, to recognise those who lost their lives and hope that it will help our visitors to understand and remember a crucial moment in history.”

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