|Place made||Australia: New South Wales|
|Medium||granite (Juparana Columbo), sandstone, glass|
|Measurement||overall: 74.5 x 660 cm x 427.5 cm|
|On display||Main building: Outdoor Exhibition Area|
The Sandakan memorial is a sculpture commissioned by the Australian War Memorial to acknowledge and remember those who died during the Sandakan death march, Borneo in 1945 . The work is installed in the Memorial's sculpture garden. Designed as an accurate sundial, the memorial is rich in symbolism. The shape of the stone, with four steps carved in one side to represent the number of years spent in captivity, was inspired by the airfields the prisoners were sent to construct. Similar to that found in the Sandakan region, the swirling patterns in the granite recall the winds and mountains of Borneo, 'the land beneath the wind'. The sundial marks the passage of time, and evokes our remembrance of the past and of lives cut short. Engraved lines trace the shadows cast on the summer and winter solstices (the outer lines) and on Remembrance Day (the inner line). The sculpture has been commissioned in memory of the 1,787 Australian prisoners of war who died in the Sandakan death marches, in Borneo, in the final months of the Second World War. Only six survived this atrocity. Ferguson's memorial is made of granite (Juparana Columbo), sandstone and glass. As a sundial, the memorial refers both to the passage of time and to our remembrance of the past. Engraved lines trace the shadows cast on 11 November and the summer and winter solstices. Sunlight reflected through the glass cuts across these lines, symbolising lives cut short.