|Measurement||Overall: 20 x 20 cm x 35 cm|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
Very few Australian artists made any major statements through their art about the Vietnam war and there were few public exhibitions that dealt with it. Most artistic activity took the form of poster-making for the protest movement. Television, magazine and newspaper pictures provided the major source of visual imagery during the Vietnam war. John Frith had seen many of the images and was strongly affected by Nick Ut's photograph of the napalm-burnt girl running down a highway. The sculpture "Vietnamese pieta" was his response to this image. It depicts a mother holding her dead child, after being burnt by napalm, in a pieta pose looking upwards to the planes delivering napalm bombs.