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Poppies artwork honouring the fallen

Date: 29 April 2015

With the 100th anniversary of WW1 in 2014, and the Gallipoli campaign being commemorated in 2015, members of the ACH Group arts community created poppies as a meaningful way to remember the people who lost their lives in war and those who serves all around the world.

Poppies artwork to honour the fallen
Poppies artwork to honour the fallen

ACH Group customers, families, staff, volunteers and community groups joined together to contribute more that 3,500 poppies.

In total there were 79 individual knitters and 13 groups, some with as many as 50 knitters who contributed. Installations were developed as part of a group process, led by community artist Helen Crawford. The panels were drawn to represent a battle field scene covered with poppies, digitally processed by Lawrence Wilkes, and laser cut from steel.

A greetings card with a photograph of the poppies is available from the Copy Centre, located next to the Treasures Wall in the Spence Wing of the State Library. All money raised will go to the ACH Group Foundation for Older Australians.

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