Over the Anzac Day Weekend, Wolseley Park will become a sea of red.
Gunnedah Woodturners in action with Gunnedah Shire Council manager of community development Debra Hilton. The group has spent 90 hours creating the poppies for the Anzac Day exhibition.
Gunnedah Shire Council staff and their families who volunteered their time to help get the poppies ready in time for Anzac Day.
The park will become home to a pop-up art installation featuring 500 red wooden poppies.
The installation’s aim is to provide a symbolic show of respect and support for the sacrifice and service of the men and women who went to World War I and the conflicts that followed.
The art installation is a community project and is collaborative effort involving the Gunnedah Shire Council and the Gunnedah Woodturners.
Over the past few weeks, the Woodturners Shed at the showground has been busy with scores of volunteers crafting 500 fibreboard poppies for the three-day installation.
Thanks to the Woodturners’ massive effort of 90 hours work, the poppies were recently completed.
This month, 24 Gunnedah Shire Council staff volunteers and their families donated their time to participate in a working bee which involved painting the stalks green and getting the poppies ready for “planting”.
The project is one of a variety of events scheduled in the lead up to Anzac Day, including the Between the Crosses Exhibition by Cate and Geordie Clark at the Creative Arts Gallery, and the joint funded, Two Rivers Arts Council stage production of Echoes from the Trenches by Maggie Denman.
The opening of the exhibition on Thursday, April 23, will also provide an opportunity to showcase the contribution of the shire’s residents who have worked to complete the 500 Knitted Poppies Project.
Safety and security of the 500 poppies over the three days will be a challenge due to the public location.
A council spokesperson said council hoped the community would rally to support the event and respect the sacrifice that the service men and women of Australia made, by keeping the installation intact for the duration of the event.
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