The memorial was conceived to remember a special group of 6 Australian soldiers (Diggers) who returned home to the Northern Beaches of Sydney after WW1. Six hand beaten copper poppies shimmer and glow in a reflective pool, back- grounded by a luminous ocean of laser cut bronze, greeting visitors and dignitaries. With the soldiers prayer "Mateship, Sacrifice, Courage, Endurance" in carved black granite text on its infinity edge, the reflecting pool is a loved feature of the Club where the tossing of coins has become an integral remembrance ritual.
The site for the artwork was prescribed well before an artwork concept was sought. A designated triangular area and back wall - so it was always going to be integrated. Our job was to make it look less integrated! The original architectural concept was for an overly prescriptive installation of lights suspended above a water feature. In the artists hands, and with the support of the architectural team, it evolved into something more sculptural, capturing the historic story with subtlety and grace.
From the outset our specialist fabricators were involved in all the client design meetings. This may seem unusual, but the artist insisted- mindful of the many ways a design problem can be resolved. In this case it saved precious time as we were on a hair raising schedule. It was amazing how even the input of the hydraulic specialist affected the design and sizing of the text.
Interestingly, the Club had employed a Fung Shui expert to whom they assigned significant design influence. Water movement and depth, air movement, lighting intensity, the movement and orientation of the poppies, colours and all finishes had to be run by her. This somewhat vague design input initially reared itself as an insurmountable irritation, but in the end the Feng Shui expert became one of our greatest champions.
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