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ID number ART92683
Title Bomber Command memorial
Collection Art
Object type Sculpture
Artist Dawson, Neil
Place made United Kingdom: England, Dorset, Christchurch
Date made 2005
Medium stainless steel, glass and black granite
Measurement Overall: 16.5 m x 4.5 m x 3.0 m
On display Main building: Outdoor Exhibition Area

Description

The Bomber Command memorial is sculpture memorial commemorating the service and sacrifice of the RAAF air and ground crew who served and died with Bomber Command during the Second World War. It contains specific references to elements of the Bomber Command experience; bombing operations occurred at night and searchlights posed a major threat; the Bomber Command personal- air and ground crew and eight of the aircraft flown by Bomber Command - Halifax, Wellington, Lancaster, Mosquito, Stirling, Blenheim, Whitely and Hampden. The memorial consist of a symbolized searchlight beam, images of air and ground crew as silhouetted figures in the form of a curved stainless steel wall, a glass plate at the base of the searchlight beam with stencils of the eight plane types flown, paving and a ring of granite surrounding the base of the sculpture engraved with text and insignia commemorating the Bomber Command crews. There are five preparatory samples for the Bomber Command Memorial prepared by the sculptor, Neil Dawson; examples of the glass, curved stainless steel wall with a single figure, structure of the central beam, meshwork for the central beam, and piece of etched black granite.