Homefront is the most significant public art project undertaken by Council in recent years. Eight carved cypress sculptures at Greensborough War Memorial Park stand as a testament to the strength and resilience of our service men, women and their families.
After a Ceremonial Fire in 2017 to farewell Leigh Conkie’s original sculptures, eight new exquisite and poignant works of art were unveiled in 2018. The project began with extensive community consultation, partnerships with Greensborough RSL and Austin Health and workshops with local war veterans.
Concepts and designs for new sculptures were developed by Amanda Gibson and ere turned into sculptures by chainsaw artists Hiraku Kodama, Leigh Conkie and blacksmith Roland Dannenhauer.
The sculptures were unveiled throughout 2018, with the final unveiling held on 11 November 2018 on the Centenary of the World War One Armistice.
Special Homefront Documentary Screening
The story behind the creation of the new sculptures at Greensborough War Memorial Park has been committed to film. The impact of these works and significance of what they represent can now be experienced in a documentary by filmmaker Mike Wilkins.
Discover the people, stories and significance of this project at our special launch screening at Hoyts Greensborough.
Includes post-screening Q&A with Homefront creative team and Austin Health.
When: Wednesday 15 May 2019
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm
Where: Hoyts Greensborough Plaza
25 Main Street, Greensborough
Cost: $10 (all proceeds go to Austin Health Veteran's Psychiatry Unit)
To learn more of the history behind these sculptures and about the local artists involved, visit the official homefrontsculpture.com.au
You can also view a gallery of images, read the stories others have shared and contribute your own story.
To stay up-to-date on the project and see behind the scenes images, you can follow Homefront Sculpture on Facebook
In 2017 the beloved wooden sculptures at Greensborough War Memorial Park finally came to the end of their life. Made in 2003 by local chainsaw artist Leigh Conkie, the 12 sculptures were a popular feature of the park. They were intended to last 10 years but 14 years on were starting to show their age, with some of the sculptures splitting or suffering water damage.
Banyule Council worked in partnership with Austin Health and Greensborough RSL, and the creative team to develop concepts for a new set of sculptures for the park that reflected contemporary understanding of the impact of military conflict.
The project's aim was to create public art that acknowledges and celebrates the resilience of service men and women, and their families and communities, as they rebuild their lives and relationships when they return home.
Over 6 months, Council and the artists spoke with members of the community about how to say farewell to the existing sculptures and what they would like in their place. In September 2017 the original sculptures were sent off in a moving Ceremonial Fire at the park.
Following this, we collected community stories about the experiences of war veterans and their families and friends, as well as facilitated discussions about the replacement of the sculptures.