Poppy show at town hall shines spotlight on end of war
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.
The Falling Poppies installation was projected onto the Kalgoorlie Town Hall on Wednesday night.