Glass art shines light on Anzacs
Mt Clarence is shining with 16,000 glass spheres honouring the service and sacrifice of the Anzacs, and concluding the Anzac Centenary commemorations.
Field of Light: Avenue of Honour, a light installation commissioned by FORM in partnership with the City of Albany, opened to the public last night.
The shining glass spheres will light up the Avenue of Honour in white, yellow and gold — the colours of Australia’s and New Zealand’s national flowers to honour the more than 41,000 troops who left Albany for the World War 1 battlefields.
Artist and creator Bruce Munro said being given the opportunity to create this work in remembrance of the Anzacs was an honour and a privilege.
“This has been a massive project for me, when you fly pieces of work to different environments the work changes and the environment changes; this place is sentimental and the whole concept of doing something for the Anzac centenary was so different,” he said.
For Maryellen Godfrey, the installation is special for her and her family as it honours her Uncle, Alfred Edward Bradshaw who was killed in action in Gallipoli in May 1915.
Private A.E Bradshaw left Albany in 1914 to serve in World War I, his plaque lies among the many others who fell in World War 1, World War 11 and the Korean War.
Mrs Godfrey said it was a privilege to see her uncle’s plaque honoured with the light art.
“I think this is a truly wonderful installation, these brave men and women need to be remembered and this is a spectacular way to do so,” she said. “I think the lights are very significant, we feel privileged to have our family member in such a sentimental place, it’s truly an honour and I think it gives people thought — they can stop and reflect on the message and the story behind the installation.”
RSL Albany member Laurie Fraser said Field of Light was a brilliant way to finish the four-year centenary commemorations.
“It tops these celebrations off perfectly and what a way to finish the centenary with a stunning installation like this.”
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said the installation comes at a time significant in Albany’s history.
“While Gallipoli is still a magnet for many people wanting to commemorate the Anzac tradition, this large-scale immersive artwork will offer a memorial closer to home, with an illuminating, not-to-bemissed experience,” he said.
Avenue of Honour: Field of Light will be open until April 25, 2019.
Field of Light: Avenue of Honour illuminates the night.