The men and women of the Southern Highlands who served in the Great War one hundred years ago will be remembered this Remembrance Day with the unveiling of a giant commemorative mural at the Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre.
Featuring reclaimed railway sleepers and sandstone sourced from Bundanoon, the 20 metre wide mural entitled, ‘We Remember Them’ is the work of artist Thomas Bucich.
Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Jenny Kena explained the significance of the project.
“The brief was to create a permanent mural honouring the sacrifice of the men and women of our Shire who served a century ago in World War 1,” Ms Kena said.
“Importantly, we wanted the mural to be understood and accessible to the young children who use the Centre who may not be aware of its significance and the site’s original intent.”
The artwork was chosen following a public Expression of Interest program funded through the Federal Government’s ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program and supported via Council’s Arts and Culture Committee.
“Having the piece completed in the year of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 landing on the Gallipoli peninsula makes this occasion all the more special,” Ms Kena added.
The artwork will be officially unveiled by Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Larry Whipper at a special ceremony on Remembrance Day, Wednesday 11 November 2015.
As part of the unveiling, President of Moss Vale RSL Sub Branch, Mr Bob McLaren will also lead a Remembrance Day ceremony and dedication.
“It’s been a real honour for me to create this work and share it with the local community,” said Mr Bucich. “I hope how it looks and what it symbolises is appreciated by many people for years to come.”
Members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony which will start from 10.15am, Wednesday 11 November at the Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre.
The Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre is located at 8 Kirkham Street, Moss Vale.
“We think Thomas did an absolutely beautiful job capturing the spirit of our Shire’s forbearers,” Ms Kena said.
“We’re absolutely thrilled with the finished work.”
For more information contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Jenny Kena on phone 4868 0855 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org