Commemorating the military service and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have fought to protect their country.
For Our Country - Sculpture
Artist Daniel Boyd, a Kudjla/ Gangalu/ Kuku Yalanji/ Jagara/ Wangerriburra/ Bandjalung man from North Queensland, and Edition Office Architects have been commissioned to design a new sculpture for the Memorial Sculpture Garden. Planned to be constructed in late 2018, the work, titled For Our Country commemorates the military service and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have fought to protect their country.
Daniel Boyd’s design was selected from a shortlist of submissions and approved by a group of national Indigenous military personnel, curators and local Elders.
For Our Country takes the form of a sculptural pavilion set behind a ceremonial fire pit within a circular stonefield. From the front of the pavilion you see a wall of 2-way mirror glass covered in thousands of transparent circular lenses that reflect the viewer and the Memorial. Behind the glass wall is an intimate, contemplative space with a curved back wall and seating constructed of black pigmented rammed earth.
Connection to landscape is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. With permission from the United Ngunnawal Elders Council, an open invitation will go out to every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Nation for soil from their lands to be offered into the ceremonial chamber at the centre of the pavilion which penetrates deep onto the ground below the work. In this way each Nation is unified together in this place, where a piece of real country can act as symbolic remains of the fallen who have died in the protection of their country.
Artist Daniel Boyd said
“it is a tremendous honour to be given the opportunity to address the legacy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have fought to protect their country.”
Edition Office are also “humbled and deeply honoured” to be involved in the commission.