Acadian Memorial Church

Acadian Memorial Church

Acadian Memorial Church Evangeline in Spring Snow Grand-Pré National Historic Site, Grand Pré Road, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada The subject depicts the moment when the community of Grand-Pré is broken apart by the departure of the first Acadian families from Pointe Noire, on the shores of the Minas Basin. Cape Blomidon’s brooding presence in the background helps to locate the scene. The prevailing colour scheme of blues, purples and greys serves to emphasize the contemplative, serious atmosphere within Memorial Church. Much of the glass evokes the texture of land, waves, and sky. The red lines are made of unpainted "cathedral antique" glass, which allows sunlight to penetrate the front of the Memorial Church. The window’s southern orientation guarantees that at least once a day, particularly on September 5, the red lines will be projected onto the plaque in the front as a visible reminder of the splintering effect of the Grand Dérangement. The traditional gold border helps create a three-dimensional effect and draws the viewer to the central figures, but it also represents the artist’s personal hope for “renewal and peace for the Acadian people now and in the future, and the hope of a new dawn.” A one minute aerial video over the Grand Pre National Historic Site, Nova Scotia, with the Statue of Evangeline and the Acadian Memorial Church, filmed with a DJI Phantom 2 Vision + quadcopter by Jamie Robertson.

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