Ceremonial Fire Event
Shake off the winter blues and join us for a night of community celebration and remembrance.
You're invited to a warming night to respectfully say goodbye to the much-loved chainsaw sculptures in Greensbrorough War Memorial Park. These sculptures have stood in our local park for thirteen years and their life has come to an end.
There will be a ceremonial fire to 'cremate' the original sculptures as well as food, entertainment and opportunities to talk to the artist who are creating new sculptures to replace them.
This event brings together veterans and the community to share stories and raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder among the veteran community.
All Welcome. Family-friendly free event.
Saturday 9 September
6PM - 10PM
Greensborough War Memorial Park, corner McDowell and Ester Streets, Greensborough
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 is working in partnership with Austin Health and Greensborough RSL, and 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 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 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 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.