The beloved wooden sculptures at Greensborough War Memorial Park have come to the end of their life. Made in 2003 by local chainsaw artist Leigh Conkie, the 12 sculptures have been a popular feature of the park. They were intended to last 10 years and are now starting to show their age, with some of the sculptures splitting or suffering water damage.
Banyule Council, in partnership with Austin Health and Greensborough RSL, is working with Leigh Conkie, a chainsaw artist, Roland Dannenhauer, one of the head blacksmiths of the Blacksmiths' Tree in Strathewen, and designer Amanda Gibson, to design and create new sculptures for the park.
The working title for the project is Homefront. The project's aim is 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 the next 6-12 months, Council and the artists want to talk to members of the community about how to say farewell to the existing sculptures and what they would like in their place.
Following the launch of the project at the park, from 10am to noon on Sunday 28 August, a website and Facebook page will be created to collect community stories about the experiences of war veterans and their families and friends, as well as facilitate discussions about the existing and future sculptures. More public events are planned so that the community can meet the artists and look at potential designs.
Visit this webpage over the next few weeks for more details.
Location: Greensborough War Memorial Park, corner McDowell and Ester Streets, Greensborough