Pa­per flow­ers join 60ft gar­land in Cote­hele dis­play

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - News - BY MARTIN HESP @mar­t­in­hesp

Grand old houses have grand old tra­di­tions – and one of the most visu­ally im­pres­sive is the gi­ant an­nual Christ­mas gar­land which ap­pears each year in the Great Hall at Cote­hele, on the River Ta­mar in Corn­wall.

But this year the gar­land is big­ger and more spe­cial than ever – be­cause the 60-foot flower dis­play will also fea­ture a gi­ant col­lage of thou­sands of cut-pa­per flow­ers in an art in­stal­la­tion com­mis­sioned by the Na­tional Trust to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the end of the First World War.

It has been de­signed by artist Do­minique Coif­fait to mark Ar­mistice Day to­mor­row.

The tra­di­tional gar­land, which will re­main in the Great Hall un­til Jan­uary, is made up of more than 30,000 flow­ers planted at the prop­erty in spring. Trust gar­den­ers chose the plants to be pre­dom­i­nately red, white and blue in or­der to be a fit­ting me­mo­rial for the First World War.

The art­work which will join the gar­land is a huge frieze of more than 20,000 cut-pa­per flow­ers, de­signed by Do­minique to bring a new el­e­ment to the com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Do­minique said: “It feels rel­e­vant. We use flo­ral trib­utes to hon­our our dead – we place flow­ers on a grave and pop­pies at the foot of a war me­mo­rial – yet they are also sym­bols of fer­til­ity, re­newal and awak­en­ing.”

Do­minique has been mak­ing vis­its to sketch plants at Cote­hele’s gar­den through­out the sea­sons. He then carved lino blocks and printed the flow­ers in dif­fer­ent colours. Each printed flower was cut out by hand – a mam­moth task un­der­taken by Cote­hele’s vis­i­tors and vol­un­teers through­out the year.

“As well as sketch­ing, Domi- nique has also been tak­ing inspiration from items loaned and shared by the com­mu­nity for cen­te­nary re­mem­brance exhibitions at Cote­hele for the past four years,” a trust spokesman said. “Post­cards and other ob­jects have been in­ter­wo­ven.”

The com­mem­o­ra­tion gar­land will be on dis­play from Novem­ber 10 to Jan­uary 6.

The flo­ral dis­play has been de­signed by artist Do­minique Coif­fait to mark Ar­mistice Day. The cut-pa­per flow­ers were cre­ated by Cote­hele vis­i­tors and vol­un­teers

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