Soldiers stand tall in sculptures
OSBORNE Park artist Tony Pankiw says he is thrilled to showcase his work at the annual Army Art exhibition at Leeuwin Barracks from August 7-9.
Pankiw said it took close to two months to build the aluminium sculptures, which were originally exhibited at the Albany Sculpture in the Harbour exhibition, commemorating the centenary of World War I.
“I had these sculptures made especially for Albany but since then they have been travelling around. It has been a great thing; I didn’t know anything about army art and I’m impressed with what they do,” Pankiw said.
“It was very hard work getting the soldiers made up; there were lots of bits and pieces that needed to be put together.”
Specialising in site-specific sculptures, Pankiw’s artwork is featured in schools, hospitals, prisons and commercial residential buildings.
The 2.4m-high ‘marching soldiers honour the human aspect of Australian soldiers, who departed from Albany to Gallipoli. The Army Art exhibition is raising funds for Angel Hands and Soldier On.
Artist Tony Pankiw at work, with one of his Anzac soldier sculptures in the background.