Sydney’s memorial to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island diggers has been revealed.
Designed by Aboriginal artist Tony Albert, the sculpture will be installed in Hyde Park South by Anzac Day 2015, Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
The memorial will consist of four oversized bullets representing those who survived, along with three fallen shells commemorating those who died. A Wiradjuri woman and author, Anita Heiss, will work with the artist to capture service people’s war stories to be inscribed on the bullets.
Aboriginal and Islander artists were invited to submit designs for the memorial, announced in April this year. Mr Albert was one of four artists invited by a selection panel to submit a more detailed proposal.
“I feel that the most powerful artworks relating to war are those that use bold and evocative images to stir strong emotions in visitors,” Mr Albert said today when it was announced his design had been selected. “This artwork is for our service men and women, to acknowledge their struggle and honour their perseverance.”
The work was inspired by his grandfather’s war story and his family’s 80 years of combined military service. – Report and photos by Victoria Kerridge