For me the eleventh of November has always meant a minutes silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. I think my most moving experience a couple of years ago was outside Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, when in the heart of a busy city the traffic stopped, the people stopped, silence fell, a soldier played the Last Post, then there was total stillness for a minute, Reveille was played and life went on as usual. But, people just for a moment people had remembered lost lives, lives changed and a world changed. I always remember from the first World War my grandfathers and great uncles, my husband's grandfather and great uncles. We were very lucky, they came back, but two carried injuries all their lives.
So today its time to reflect on the Poppies for Peace project - the poppies created for Harmony Square in Dandenong for Anzac Day now watch over the grassed lawn in Harmony Square.
(apologies, reflection makes a good photograph difficult)
I think this photo says it all. One of my favorites is this one below , taken just seconds after the poppies were planted in the lawn last April.
Just to give you an idea of scale here are some photos of creating the last installation.
|Backview of the poppies as Margaret works on attaching them to runners on the ceiling so that we can roll them along into the gallery space|
|Looking back from my end of the gallery to the top of the ladder where the poppies were launched from|
We are very proud of what we've achieved with this project. It became quite an emotional experience and gave us insight into an amazing community. It has travelled to five venues and had real meaning for so many. We worked with many wonderful people throughout the City of Greater Dandenong and without the Arts & Culture Department at the council none of this would have been possible. Thanks, Guys you've been fantastic to work with.
After a some time and perspective, and a great deal of editing, I will put a separate page telling the whole poppy story on the home page of the blog - meanwhile if you're curious there are rather a lot of old blog posts.