Tent city, Diego Garcia 9.00 pm - 1.00 am

Unit Royal Australian Air Force
Place Oceans: Indian Ocean, Diego Garcia
Accession Number ART91747
Collection type Art
Measurement overall: 19.9 x 39.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on hardboard
Maker Churcher, Peter
Place made Indian Ocean: Diego Garcia
Date made 7 March 2002
Conflict Period 2000-2009
Afghanistan, 2001-
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Night-time scene of the tent encampment at Diego Garcia, the American-occupied island. Peter Churcher recalled, "There were six men to a tent. Ninety-five percent of the airmen on the island were American, with only a small contingency of English. I painted at night simply because of the climate. The island was particularly exposed so it was hellishly hot during the day, so I went down after dinner and worked at night".