Yellowknife (Friday, May 21, 2010) – The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) has opened a new exhibition: Fragments, a collection of bronze sculptures by Yellowknife-born artist Blake Ward. Fragments is a compilation of powerful pieces dedicated to raising awareness and contributing to the solution of the landmine crisis in developing countries. Designed to show the impact of landmines on the human form, the classically-inspired pieces will be on display from May 17th to September 5th.“Our museums play an important role not just in educating NWT residents about our own past and heritage, but in providing a chance to learn about global culture – and global problems,” said Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty. “This campaign helps raise awareness of a serious problem that continues to affect people worldwide, and I’m proud that we can provide a venue for it in the Northwest Territories.”
The campaign has toured globally since its creation, including extending stays in New York and the United Kingdom. Proceeds collected from previous Fragments exhibitions have gone towards clearing minefields in Vietnam and Afghanistan. They also assisted in removing cluster bombs in Kosovo, mapped out minefields across Angola, and provided mine-risk education to children who live in countries contaminated by minefields.