Poppy show at town hall shines spot­light on end of war

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Neil Watkinson

Kal­go­or­lie Town Hall glowed in the dark on Wed­nes­day night dur­ing a spe­cial Cen­te­nary of Armistice light show.

The hall was the can­vas for 59,000 cas­cad­ing red pop­pies be­tween sun­set and mid­night, with Perth com­pany Im­pact Com­mu­ni­ca­tions us­ing two 15,000-lu­men pro­jec­tors to il­lu­mi­nate the hall.

The pro­jec­tors were mounted on the bal­cony of Judd’s ho­tel across the road from the hall.

The light show was part of a week-long dis­play pro­gram lead­ing up to Sun­day’s Re­mem­brance Day, which this year marks 100 years since the end of World War I.

The pro­gram in­volves il­lu­mi­nat­ing seven re­gional WA land­marks for one evening dur­ing the week.

Ex­mouth’s Vlam­ingh Head Light­house was the first lit up on Mon­day night, with the Mu­seum of Ger­ald­ton the fo­cus on Tues­day, and Kal­go­or­lie Town Hall on Wed­nes­day.

Al­bany Town Hall was the fo­cus last night, with Bun­bury’s St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral to be il­lu­mi­nated tonight, Fre­man­tle’s WA Mar­i­time Mu­seum to­mor­row and Perth’s St Ge­orge’s Cathe­dral on Sun­day. The Depart­ment of Com- mu­ni­ties con­tracted Im­pact Com­mu­ni­ca­tions to con­duct the show across the seven sites.

The re­silient red poppy was one of the few plants to grow on the dev­as­tated World War I bat­tle­fields of north­ern France and Bel­gium, and they fea­tured in the John McCrae’s poem In Flan­ders Field.

They are con­sid­ered a pow­er­ful em­blem of re­mem­brance for those who die in war.

Pic­ture: Kelsey Reid

The Fall­ing Pop­pies in­stal­la­tion was pro­jected onto the Kal­go­or­lie Town Hall on Wed­nes­day night.

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