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Art installation visits Longreach in countdown to Armistice Centenary
A major touring artwork that aims to commemorate the centenary of armistice is visiting Longreach this month, going on public display at Beersheba Place.
The Armistice Centenary art installation, which includes thousands of handmade poppies inside acrylic letters that spell ‘REMEMBER’, is a centrepiece of the commemorations and will be on display in Longreach from 20–22 October, before visiting Bundaberg and Brisbane.
Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Assistant Minister of State Jennifer Howard said the paper poppies were handmade for the artwork by Queenslanders from across the state.
“Thousands of Queenslanders have crafted handmade poppies for this project which honours each of the 57,705 Queensland soldiers who enlisted during the First World War,” she said.
“Now thousands of Queenslanders will soon witness the impressive Armistice Centenary art installation as it tours the state.”
Mayor Ed Warren said the artwork would be an imposing presence at Beersheba Place.
“It’s a very large installation and we think hosting it at Beersheba Place is a great way to recognise the impact armistice made, not only on our people, but on the horses they had to leave behind.”
Council and the Longreach RSL will hold a commemorative ceremony in Beersheba Place to farewell the artwork, at 9am on Monday 22 October, with the entire community encouraged to attend.
Those still eager to contribute to the Armistice Centenary art installation can still create a digital poppy, including a personal tribute, which will become part of the Brisbane art installation.
For more information on Armistice Centenary commemorations, or to make a digital poppy tribute, visit qld.gov.au/remembranceday