Four of eight new wooden sculptures commemorating Australian soldiers will be unveiled at Greensborough War Memorial Park on Sunday 22 April in the lead up to Anzac Day.
The new sculptures capture modern combat, a reunion between a returned soldier and his son and a tracker dog. Works were designed by Amanda Gibson and created by Leigh Conkie and Hikaro Kodama and replace sculptures cremated in a ceremonial fire last September after being at the site for 14 years.
The Homefront sculptures are a Banyule City Council public art project.
Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said he would be proud to unveil the four sculptures on the Sunday before Anzac Day.
“This has been a thoroughly researched project that pays tribute to the resilience of service men, service women and their experiences,” he said. “I encourage everyone to come to the War Memorial Park to see the great work done on this first part of the project.”
Extensive efforts were made to ensure the authenticity of the new sculptures.
Public consultations were held.
A partnership was formed with Greensborough RSL and Austin Repatriation Hospital.
Australian army uniforms worn by soldiers in Afghanistan and East Timor on display at the Australian War Memorial were looked at closely.
Labrador and Labrador-cross dogs were used as models for the Justin the Tracker dog sculpture.
A behind the scenes film of the project will be shown at Greensborough RSL after the launch of the new sculptures.
Where: Greensborough War Memorial Park, cnr McDowell & Ester sts, Greensborough
When: Sunday 22 April, 3-4pm