Discover the Danger Tree augmented reality experience
4th October 2018
Paint, digital art and poetry intersect to tell an immersive story of ‘Jack the Lad’ – a WWI soldier from London who survived the War and won a VC for bravery.
Using the augmented reality app, Artivive, viewers need simply to hold their device up to the picture to watch the painting, by impressionist action painter Scarlett Raven, come alive with a film by digital artist Marc Marot, featuring layer upon layer of animation, archive material and music. Robert Laurence Binyon’s famous war poem, “For the Fallen” is recited by Chelsea Pensioner Bill Gorrie during the film.
Artist Scarlett Raven said: “it’s an honour to be involved in this very special event and to have been able to work creatively with the Chelsea Pensioners. I’m inviting people to view painting in a completely different way and I hope they will engage with the art beyond the canvas.”
Co-Creator Marc Marot said: “my inspiration for the painting came from remembering the stories from my grandfather by marriage, Eddie Bigwood, who, like Private Jack Hawkins VC, fought throughout the entire four years of WW1. Like Jack, he survived the war but lost most of his friends and comrades. The poem “For the Fallen”, beautifully read by Bill Gorrie, perfectly encapsulates the lament Eddie had for his friends and I’m sure Jack Hawkins had too.”
Chelsea Pensioner Bill Gorrie said of the project: “it’s absolutely amazing what Scarlett and Marc have created. I was so moved the first time I saw it – it made the hairs rise on the back of my neck. It’s a very emotive piece of multi-media and I am immensely proud to be part of it. As I’m not able to march down the King’s Road with my fellow Chelsea Pensioners, it is wonderful that I can be involved in the day in a meaningful way.”