Air lift

Accession Number ART40738
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 48.2 x 30.4 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas on hardboard
Maker McFadyen, Ken
Place made Vietnam, Vietnam: Bien Hoa Province
Date made 1968
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Australian troops entering a Chinook helicopter in the Bien Hoa Province in Vietnam. In this work Ken McFadyen is exploring the relationship between the men and machinery of a modern war. As almost faceless, frantic figures, the men are dwarfed by the hulking machinery that surrounds them. The soldiers are scurrying towards the sanctuary of the Chinook helicopter. They are small and almost insignificant compared to the bulk of the helicopter which dominates the painting.