The Story behind this Sculpture
This sculpture represents the women who ‘soldiered on’ at home in the face of wartime adversity (e.g. Indigenous, Maori and Anglo-Saxon).
From a distance the woman appears to be a high ranking military official but on closer observation, her uniform consists of domestic objects (e.g. Helmet/Colander; Epaulets/sides of cheese grater) and pertinent reliefs (e.g. Dolly pegs, Kiwi bird, ANZAC ribbon).
Accompanying this heroic and proud figure rests a symbolic coffin dedicated to those who lost their lives. Australian eucalypt leaves and an old fashioned paper cut-out of innocent children holding hands adorn the sides of the casket whilst the front and shoulders inscribe the ‘bay leafed’ title. As in modern day memorial, ANZAC poppies are respectfully and traditionally laid upon the coffin.
In completion, a copper-rust glaze has been applied to depict military camouflage clothing and minor expansion fractures enhanced to portray an aged and weathered centurion object.
This sculpture has been created by Lisa Baier and represents the fortitude of women facing wartime adversity. The bust has been kindly offered for sale to the Maryborough Mural Project as an addition to our project artwork.
About the Maryborough Mural Project
The Maryborough Mural Project Charity aims to revitalize the Queensland Maryborough City Centre through Art and is modelled on the success of other towns such as Chemainus in Canada and Sheffield in Tasmania. See http://muraltown.com and http://www.sheffieldmurals.com.
The Project is focusing on two themes: P.L Travers & Mary Poppins and Maryborough’s History including quirky, funny and famous stories about people who have lived or have been born here.
All resources needed to produce and install the artworks are provided through the generosity of the Maryborough community, including the provision of in-kind support from local businesses for paint, scaffolding, and other items to produce and promote the murals. We estimate in-kind support from our community to be $14,000 plus for each mural (not including the artist commission or our volunteers’ time).
We have completed a total of 11 murals and one sculpture to date, but need to raise further funds to continue and complete our aim of 20 murals by the end of the year.
The funds are to pay the artist’s commission. Without quality artists we have no project.
Donations of $500 or more will acknowledged through the inclusion of the donor’s name on the Mural Storyboard (a plaque beside the mural that tells the story of the mural and acknowledges major contributors).
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