Master chainsaw carver Hikaru Kodama has just put finishing touches to facial features on one of the Homefront sculptures being unveiled at Greensborough War Memorial Park on Sunday 22 April.
The sculpture is of two soldiers -- one in the Australian army uniform worn in Afghanistan, the other in that worn in East Timor -- based on uniforms seen by artists at the Shrine of Remembrance and Victoria Barracks in Melbourne.
The eight Homefront sculptures are a Banyule City Council public art project being completed by a small team of local artists that include Kodama and lead artist, chainsaw carver Leigh Conkie.
The new sculptures were designed by artist Amanda Gibson after extensive public consultation last year and a partnership with Greensborough RSL and the Austin Repatriation Hospital.
Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said the Homefront project was a great example of a meaningful and relevant public art program.
“I will be proud to launch our Homefront art works on the Sunday before Anzac Day,” he said.
“This has been a very moving project that acknowledges the resilience of service men, service women, and their families and communities.”
Leigh Conkie created the site’s original sculptures which were inspired by wartime characters, extensive discussions with the veteran community and launched in 2003.
For 14 years after that launch the sculptures became a gathering place of quiet reflection until weather caused them to deteriorate to such an extent that they were removed at Council’s ceremonial fire event in 2017.
What: Homefront public art launch
Where: Greensborough War Memorial, cnr McDowell and Ester sts, Greensborough
When: Sunday 22 April, 3-4pm