Woodturners to unveil sculptures marking Armistice centenary

The Blue Mountains Woodturners have almost completed a memorial work in Glenbrook to celebrate the centenary of Armistice Day.

Known as the Armistice Effect, the sculptures will be officially unveiled at a ceremony in Whitton Park on November 11.

Funding for the project came from the Department of Veteran Affairs as well as contributions from the community and the woodturners themselves.

The work will become a significant presence in Whitton Park at Glenbrook, and will consist of two distinct elements, said Blue Mountains Woodturners publicity officer, John Mulquin.

A model of the sculpture representing stretcher bearers from World War I.

A model of the sculpture representing stretcher bearers from World War I.

“The major element will be a stand of four telegraph poles, on top of which will be mounted representations of the head gear of the armed services and the medical corps,” he said.

“These poles will be aligned in such a way and configuration that at 11 o’clock on November 11 each year, each pole will be shaded by the one behind it, leaving only the head ware in full sunlight.

“The end of the shadow from the installation will be marked as a place of special significance and a reminder of the importance of the contribution of all peace-keepers.”

A time capsule including contributions from local primary school students will be enclosed at the end of the single shallow.

“The second element of the work will consist of four sculptures of the same services as the Armistice Effect, depicting the hardships experienced in all conflicts,” said Mr Mulquin.

“These sculptures will be mounted under trees along a new path to be created from Moore Street, and will allow for quiet contemplation.”