Poppies in the bigger picture
AT CHARLEVILLE’S Big Birthday Bash parade earlier this year, plenty of locals stopped to craft a paper poppy or two.
Now they have become part of the big picture, or rather, a large sculpture honouring the Armistice Centenary.
Charleville was one of many towns which was involved in creating 57,705 paper poppies – one for each Queensland soldier who enlisted in World War I.
Most were made at community events like Charleville’s Big Birthday Bash, the Ekka in Brisbane, and the Birdsville races.
Others ordered a poppy making kit online so they could contribute from places where community events didn’t host a ‘big R’ to fill with the paper flowers.
While the completed memorial won’t be coming to Charleville before Remembrance Day, the flowers made by crafty locals will travel a long way.
The installation has just been to Townsville and will move on to Mackay, Longreach and Bundaberg before arriving in Brisbane.
A section of Queensland’s Remember artwork.