Sol­diers stand tall in sculp­tures

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion - By TOM RABE

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d441145

Artist Tony Pankiw at work, with one of his An­zac soldier sculp­tures in the back­ground.

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