• WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition Brings Century-Old Wartime Experience to Life Through Floriography, Sculpture and Scent

    September 10, 2020

    WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition opens at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga on September 17. The unique and historically-based exhibit, offers visitors a unique way to experience a part of Canada’s rich history, ensuring the memories of those who served a century ago live on for years to come.

    During the First World War, Canadian soldier Lieutenant-Colonel George Stephen Cantlie plucked flowers from the fields of war-torn Europe, sending them home to his baby daughter Celia in Montreal. Artist Viveka Melki presents 10 of these century-old flowers in an exhibition that examines human nature in wartime. Using floriography–the Victorian language of flowers–Melki has created an immersive, multisensory experience featuring Cantlie’s letters, specially-commissioned optical crystal sculptures and original flower-based scents, interwoven with the personal stories of 10 Canadians directly involved in the war.

    The Museums of Mississauga is also presenting a local connection to the First World War through the Bradley Museum’s exhibit, Our Boys: Mississauga’s Fallen Soldiers 1914-1918 as well as a Speaker’s Series that focuses on the stories of soldiers from Black and Indigenous communities.

    WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition Preview Event

    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    5-6 p.m. (media)
    6-7 p.m. (dignitaries)

    Living Arts Centre
    4141 Living Arts Dr.
    Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8

    (Duke of York Blvd. east entrance)


    • Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
    • Members of Council
    • Local dignitaries
    • Viveka Melki, curator, WAR Flowers: A Touring Art Exhibition (available for virtual interviews upon request)

    Free to the public

    Media Registration:
    All media must RSVP in order to attend the event. Please register using the link below:


    COVID-19 Protocol:

    • Visitors, including media, will be required to self-screen upon entry to the Living Arts Centre
    • Ticketed entry to the exhibit will be available through the Living Arts Centre Virtual Box Office
    • Entry will be limited to a maximum number of 50 visitors in the exhibition at one time
    • A maximum of four patrons of the same family unit may enter the exhibition together
    • The exhibition and Living Arts Centre is sanitized on a regular basis by Museums staff


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