Harbord Diggers Memorial

Harbord Diggers Memorial

Client: Ganellen
Year: 2018

Memorial and Poppy are artworks that pay tribute to the heritage of the Harbord Diggers Club whilst celebrating the reinvention of the Club as a vibrant community venue.

In collaboration with Axolotl, artist Jade Oakley has created 6 poppy sculptures to represent the group of Australian Diggers who returned home in Northern Beaches. The Memorial is comprised of an artwork wall and a sculptural light installation situated in a reflective pool. It creates a welcoming, positive first impression as the community arrives at the club. The copper and bronze finishes of Memorial harmonize beautifully with the copper cladding of the entry and the artwork creates a warm, welcoming entry feature to the community facility.

The red poppy has long been a symbol of Remembrance Day and part of Anzac Day services. The sculpture, Poppy, is a strong link between the vibrant Diggers Club of the present day and its rich heritage.

“During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battle fields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. “ (Australian War Memorial)

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Image credit: Carolyn Price Photography