A NET covered with thousands of handmade red poppies has been cast over Currumbin’s Elephant Rock ahead of ANZAC Day.
This morning, abseilers helped install the giant recycled flower display to transform the landmark into a ‘Rock of Remembrance’.
Since February, local environmental artist Lynne Adams has been working with students from Currumbin and Elanora primary and Palm Beach Currumbin High schools to create the poppies from 10,000 recycled plastic bottles donated by VISY.
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Currumbin RSL CEO Anne Stovin said the Club had collaborated with Swell Sculpture Festival directors Natasha Edwards and Ruth Della on the project.
“We also commissioned Northern Rivers artist Lynne Adams to work with the school students as a way to educate them about the casualties of war and to help them better understand the sacrifices made by those who served and still serve in conflicts,” said Anne.
“Elephant Rock will become a spectacular backdrop for the dawn service on Saturday 25 April and the students’ work will be seen by more than a million television viewers on the day,” she said.
Palm Beach Currumbin High School’s creative arts teacher Paula Hall has worked with Currumbin RSL on several projects for the Centenary, including the cenotaph poster. Students created a collage using over 500 images of cenotaphs from all over Australia and New Zealand to create an image of the lone piper at Gallipoli.
This project began in 2012 and the students, now in year 10, are realising the impact of their labour with the poster currently on sale, with all profits donated to Soldier On.
Year eight art students from Palm Beach Currumbin High also created fine art portraits of WWI soldiers which will be displayed at the Pop Up Museum at Currumbin RSL from 19-23 April and at The Pines Elanora from 24 April – 1 May 2015.