Telling an immersive story of the soldiers who fought and fell between 1914 and 1918, the body of work is created by painter Scarlett Raven and digital artist Marc Marot. It takes its name from the only tree left standing on the battlefield during fighting, with inspirations including the legendary war poets Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke.
Augmented reality allows viewers to unlock the creative journey with their smartphone, stripping away the countless layers of paint to reveal the poetry, animation and music beneath. To unlock the multiple layers in Scarlett’s work, simply download the Artivive app.
Read on to track the exhibition through its UK tour.
On 1st July 2016, Scarlett and Marc launched their trailblazing new project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.
Award-winning film set designer Kave Quinn magically transformed a 2,000ft space in Greenwich to create a blown-out building from the French/Belgian borders.
Following unprecedented success earlier in the year in Greenwich, The Danger Tree moved to the Grade I listed Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building in Liverpool to coincide with the 100-year anniversary of the end of The Battle of the Somme.
The Liverpool PALS were the first battalions raised during the Great War and the last to be stood down. Scarlett’s painting, entitled ‘The First and the Last’, is dedicated to their memory
After sell-out exhibitions in Greenwich and Liverpool, Scarlett and Marc returned in November 2017 with a new instalment of The Danger Tree, which was unveiled at Birmingham's prestigious International Convention Centre.
Officially opened by the Mayor, the multisensory exhibition offered huge numbers of visitors a unique insight into one of the bloodiest battles in history throughout the month of November.
For the first of its venues in 2018, The Danger Tree took up residence in Manchester.
'The Bloodsuckers', a piece painted especially for the city, focused on Captain Charlie May. Charlie was a journalist for the Manchester Evening News before going to battle and this led him to become a copious diary keeper. Scarlett and Marc were given access to Charlie’s diaries in a local museum in Ashton-under-Lyne in order to bring the painting to life.
The world-famous Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland played host to The Danger Tree in August 2018. A bespoke music score was composed by film composer Marc Canham for each painting in the exhibition to evoke their deep emotions.
Thanks to the steady stream of visitors from cruise ships docked nearby, the exhibition gained a global audience during its time in Belfast.
The pair closed the series with an exhibition running from November 2019 to January 2020. With five dynamic galleries over four floors, the museum houses thousands of objects from some of the greatest battles in history.
Scarlett says: "It's a dream come true. We couldn't have envisaged a better finale."
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