On Sunday 17 April, Currumbin’s Elephant Rock will become a ‘Rock of Remembrance’ when a team of local school children cast a net covered with thousands of handmade red poppies over the iconic local landmark.
The Poppy Project, which saw its first ANZAC Day installation in 2015, is one of Currumbin RSL’s many commemorative events in the lead-up to this years’ ANZAC Day on 25 April 2016.
Local environmental artist Lynne Adams worked with students from Currumbin and Elanora primary and Palm Beach Currumbin High schools in 2015 to create the poppies from 10,000 recycled plastic bottles donated by VISY. Lynne’s aim was to raise awareness of the impacts of consumerism, waste and pollution.
“Collaborating with Swell Sculpture event directors Natasha Edwards and Ruth Della, we commissioned Lynne Adams to work with local school students and believe this project offers a way to educate children about the casualties of war and to better understand the sacrifices made by those who served and still serve,” said Currumbin RSL CEO Anne Stovin.
“Elephant Rock will once again become the spectacular backdrop for the dawn service on Monday 25 April and the students’ work will be seen by millions of television viewers on the day,” she said.
For more than a decade, artist Lynne Adams has been creating vivid flower sculptures from recycled materials, especially recycled plastic bottles. Lynne’s art has achieved a number of awards and been exhibited many public sculpture events and it was her work covering Currumbin Rock in 2009 during Swell Sculpture Festival that inspired this project.
“I am proud to have created and workshopped the poppy design utilising recycled plastic bottles which was part of the ANZAC centenary commemorations. The flower creations have often been described as whimsical. In remembering the casualties of war, this poppy displays a much more significant and sombre meaning,” said Lynn.
Palm Beach Currumbin High School’s creative arts teacher Paula Hall has worked with Currumbin RSL on several projects including the cenotaph poster. Students created a collage using over 500 images of cenotaphs from all over Australia and New Zealand to create an image of the lone piper at Gallipoli.
On Sunday 17 April, a net covered with 5,000 handmade poppies will be cast over Elephant Rock at Currumbin once again in readiness for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service on Monday 25 April.
Everyone is welcome to come along to Elephant Rock on Sunday to see the work in progress.