Glass art shines light on An­zacs

Albany Extra - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

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.

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