11 January 2018

Shining a light on the Anzac sacrifice

From October 2018 – April 2019 13,000 glass spheres will light the way to Albany’s National Anzac centre in honour of the sacrifice of the Anzacs who departed from Albany for the Great War.

This is UK artist Bruce Monroe’s latest work Field of Light: Avenue of honour, a large-scale light installation making its way to Mt Clarence – the last sight of home soil for the 41, 000 troops who departed for WW1.

Set on slender sticks to be planted into the soil by local volunteers – some of whom are direct descendants of the Anzacs – the small gold, yellow and white lights are representative of the flora native to Australia and New Zealand.

The immersive work will coincide with both wildflower season and the conclusion of the Anzac centenerary commemorations – a poignant reminder of beauty, identity and sacrifice.

WA Premier Mark McGowan presented a $300, 000 Lotterywest grant to the City of Albany on Tuesday 19 December in support of the project.

"Mr Munro's work is a symbolic reminder of the sacrifice, courage and honour of our Anzacs,” said Premier Mark McGowan.

"Albany is one of Australia and New Zealand's most significant pilgrimage destinations to remember the sacrifice of those who helped shaped our nation,” said Premier Mark McGowan.

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