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 fire works. 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.