Biggest poppy taking shape
A $300,000 poppy the size of a football field will be placed in Auckland Domain to mark Anzac Day.
In the lead-up to this year’s commemorations, 59,000 red discs will be placed on one of the domain’s sportfields to make up a giant poppy 50 metres long.
It is set to be the largest poppy in the world, organisers say.
The project is driven by Auckland city centre resident and artist Tony McNeight.
McNeight told Ponsonby Primary School students on April 1 that he has been working on the giant poppy installation since he attended last year’s dawn service.
The Ponsonby students are among the first to join the project, writing messages on the discs in remembrance of the 59,000 people wounded or killed in World War I.
McNeight says so far $150,000 had been put towards the project’s infrastructure and build. An additional $150,000 in money and materials has been donated from private businesses, he says.
Those who donate online will have a disc added to the installation on their behalf.
All funds raised at giantpoppy.co.nz will go to the RSA.
Students of Ponsonby Primary School with their red discs for the Giant Poppy project set for Auckland Domain.
Ponsonby Primary School’s Ojas Kalikar, Rose Burton and Evie Ford with their poppy discs.
Hamish Barker and Savannah Bargh.