Homefront - Unveiling of the First New Sculptures
The first of the new sculptures for Greensborough War Memorial Park will be unveiled (literally) on Sunday 22 April in a short celebratory event.
Spend an afternoon in the park to view the sculptures and mingle over a cup of tea and scones, then join us at Greensborough RSL afterwards to view the behind-the-scenes film of the project.
Last September the original sculptures at Greensborough War Memorial Park were cremated in a Ceremonial Fire. This moving event brought together veterans and the local community to share stories, send off the sculptures, and raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder among the veteran community.
On display that night were concept drawings for eight new sculptures designed by Amanda Gibson to be created by Leigh Conkie, and Hikaro Kodama. Four of the new sculptures have now been finished and are being launched in this small ceremony in the lead up to Anzac Day.
The event on site will be quite simple, with a few short speeches including: Mayor Cr Di Pasquale; designer Amanda Gibson, and project partners Greensborough RSL & Austin Health.
Free event, bookings not required.
All Welcome. Free family-friendly event.
Sunday 22 April 2018
3PM - 4PM
Greensborough War Memorial Park, corner McDowell and Ester Streets, Greensborough
Last year 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 chainsaw artists Leigh Conkie and Hikaro Kodama, as well as 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 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 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.
Following the launch of the project at the park on Sunday 28 August, 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.