Lights hon­our lost lives of men, women

Great Southern Herald - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

For the next six months as day­light slips away, Mount Clarence will shine with 16,000 spheres hon­our­ing the men and women who lost their lives in the Great War.

Field of Light: Av­enue of Hon­our was opened last Thurs­day and is ex­pect­ing to draw thou­sands of vis­i­tors to the re­gion.

The project by FORM and the City of Al­bany brought UK artist Bruce Munro to Al­bany to cre­ate the strik­ing in­stal­la­tion which co­in­cides with the end of An­zac cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Artist and cre­ator Bruce Munro said to be given the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate this work in re­mem­brance of the An­zacs was an hon­our and a true 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.

“It’s about pos­i­tiv­ity, it’s about the fu­ture, it’s about beauty and it’s about hu­man spirit.”

In a mov­ing and emo­tional speech at the in­stal­la­tion’s launch Munro said his life as an artist was to cre­ate art about ex­pe­ri­ences, thoughts and feel­ings that he wished to share with oth­ers.

“This beau­ti­ful Av­enue of Hon­our is about cher­ish­ing the lives of those young men and women who died in theatres of war; it is about bring­ing to mind their in­fi­nite youth­ful spir­its and hon­our­ing their lives by vow­ing that war is no longer an ac­cept­able op­tion,” he said.

“To ful­fil life’s po­ten­tial, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and peace must al­ways be at the fore­front of our thoughts and ac­tions.

“I am hon­oured and grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate an in­stal­la­tion that cher­ishes life.”

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said the in­stal­la­tion came 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-be-missed ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said.

Av­enue of Hon­our: Field of Light will be open un­til April 25.

Pic­tures: Lee Grif­fith

Field of Light: Av­enue of Hon­our was opened last Thurs­day.

A cou­ple re­flect on Field of Light: Av­enue of Hon­our.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

UK artist Bruce Munro.

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