Impact Greeting Card

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After many years of thinking about the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the largest man-made explosion before Hiroshima, I decided to create a memorial in fabric to commemorate the nearly 2,000 people, about 4% of the city's population, who died, and the thousands of others injured. The Work culminates in a series of images, of which The Impact is one. On a clear December day, a collision in the harbour between the Belgian Relief vessel, the Imo and the Mont Blanc, a transport overloaded with munitions, caused a spark that, in turn, lit barrels of benzene on deck. They exploded into exquisite fireworks. Minutes later came the blast that levelled much of Halifax and Dartmouth.

A Scroll of Remembrance, approximately 4 feet (1.2m) high and over 40 feet (12m) in length, containing the names of the dead, beaded in Braille by volunteers across Nova Scotia and beyond, accompanies the images.

Product Description: 

  • Greeting card 
  • Size: 5" x 7"
  • Reproduction of an original, one-of-a-kind work by Laurie Swim