Commemoration Seeds

Mathias Hahn

4 February 2006


A product for the Imperial War Museum Shop in London. Usually the negative side that lies in the nature of war is hidden behind a heroic and nostalgic picture that celebrates technology and glory. To critique this way of perceiving war, Commemoration Seeds uses the tradition of the poppy as a sign for memorising the dead. Each jar of seeds gives figures about the amount of seeds contained and how these represent the quantity of people who lost their lives during a certain war. But more than just underlining the horror of war, the poppy seeds represent a positive attitude when seeded to grow new flowers from them.