The Australian War Memorial is proud to extend an open invitation to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations to bring a small sample of their soil to be deposited in the Memorial’s newly commissioned sculpture For our Country.
For our Country commemorates the military service and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have fought to protect their country. The sculpture was designed by artist Daniel Boyd, a Kudjala/Gangalu/Kuku Yalanji/Waka Waka/Gubbi Gubbi/Wangerriburra/Bandjalung man from North Queensland and Edition Office Architects.
Connection to landscape is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. With permission from the United Ngunnawal Elders Council, and in consultation with a group of national Indigenous military personnel, curators and local Elders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are invited to bring soil from their lands to be offered into a ceremonial chamber which penetrates deep into the ground below the work. The artist intended that each can be commemorated in this place, where the soil of their Country joins the many lands our ancestors have defended and from which they came to serve Australia.
Communities are invited to make deposits of soil during Reconciliation and NAIDOC Week celebrations at the Australian War Memorial by completing the online form below: