Installation a labour of love
More than 10,000 hand-crocheted poppies will cascade 20m from the Museum of the Goldfields’ Ivanhoe headframe to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War I.
The Poppies for Peace commemorative installation, consisting of a spectacular wreath and two garlands, will be officially dedicated at the museum tomorrow from 9am-10am. November 11 is Remembrance Day, which this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918.
The ceremony will conclude with those who attend being asked to contribute to the installation by placing poppies in the grassed area surrounding the headframe.
Visitors will be able to view the installation for about a month, weather permitting.
Museum manager Cara Haymes said the project had helped bring the community together to honour Australian soldiers.
“We have been overwhelmed with the community support of the Poppies for Peace project,” she said. “We welcome everyone to the dedication ceremony to pay tribute to and honour those who served in the war.”
She said much time and effort had been put into creating the installation.
“Volunteers crocheted each individual poppy, including red poppies to represent the soldiers who were killed in conflict, purple poppies to represent the animals killed in conflict, and white poppies to represent the hope for peace,” she said.
Members of the Goldfields community, the City of KalgoorlieBoulder, and the Kalgoorlie and Boulder Returned and Services League clubs were instrumental in bringing the project to life.
“The Kalgoorlie and Boulder RSLs and the City’s history and heritage unit, in particular Joanne Wilson, as well as several community members, have been a tremendous help in knitting and crocheting the poppies,” Ms Haymes said.
“It has been a true community effort to make this project possible.
“Volunteers have been attending our poppy-making workshops over the last 10 months and people have been crocheting anything from a handful of poppies to more than 2000 each in some cases.
“We even had some visitors to Kalgoorlie send in a bunch of poppies from South Africa.”
She said the project had been in development since April last year.
It was the idea of former museum manager Zoe Scott, with help from public programs officer Peta Osborne.
Ms Haymes said Ms Scott drew her inspiration from the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red public art installation created around the Tower of London in 2014, in which red ceramic poppies were placed to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.
In addition to the museum’s installation, the City of KalgoorlieBoulder will display 2500 crocheted poppies in front of its offices.
City chief executive John Walker said a community event to plant the red, purple and white crocheted and knitted poppies would take place today at 1pm.
“Bring your gardening gloves, a hat, sunscreen and water bottle,” he said.
WA Musuem of the Goldfields education officer Peta Osbourne, manager Cara Haymes and operations manager Ruben Wills will adorn the famous red headframe with thousands of poppies for Rememberance Day.