Greensborough War Memorial Park is host to a new series of carved cypress sculptures. Carved by master carver Hikaru Kodama and local artist, Leigh Conkie, these sculptures stand as a testament to the strength and resilience of our service men and women.
The new sculptures have been designed by local artists in consultation with war veterans and the local community. The first series of sculptures were unveiled on Sunday 22 April 2018, the second series of sculptures for the Park are currently underway, due to be completed in November 2018.
Unveiling of the New Sculptures
The first series of new sculptures for Greensborough War Memorial Park were unveiled (literally) on Sunday 22 April 2018 in a short celebratory event.
Spend this auspicious Remembrance day – the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1 - with friends and family as we unveil the final four sculptures of the Homefront Project.
The project was initiated to replace the time worn Leigh Conkie sculptures and raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder in the Veteran Community.
When: Sunday 11 November 2018
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: Greensborough Memorial Park
Cost: FREE, all welcome family-friendly event - bookings not required
To learn more of the history behind these sculptures and about the local artists involved visit the official Homefront webpage www.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 https://www.facebook.com/HomefrontSculpture
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.