|Measurement||Framed: 124.5 cm x 124.5 cm x 4.7 cm; Unframed: 121 cm x 121 cm|
|Physical description||oil on linen|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
|Date made||c. April 2008|
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
History painting: outpost, Helmand province, Afghanistan
This painting presents a view through the windscreen of an Australian Chinook helicopter, looking out onto a hostile landscape of rubble, huts and shipping containers. The work focuses on an extreme and alien environment in which Australian troops in Afghanistan live and work. It is characterised by vast distances, high temperatures, alienating landscapes, and intense battles. This picture is a conscious gesture to a tradition of history painting that focuses upon battle and military themes.