One hundred years ago on the 11th of November 1918, the Armistice brought four bloody years of brutal conflict to an end with almost 62,000 Australians having died in service of our nation.
To commemorate the centenary the Australian War Memorial commissioned Luscious to create a public program which ran from the 5th of October through to Remembrance Day on the 11th of November. Luscious collaborated with Thomson Street and 32 Hundred Lighting to realise the large-scale installation in Canberra.
A display of 62,000 handcrafted red poppies were installed on the Memorial's grounds by the founders of the 5,000 Poppies project and Phillip Johnson Landscapes. Each handcrafted poppy was created by a volunteer and represents an Australian life lost in the First World War. This spectacular and moving display was accompanied by a musical program assembled by Memorial artist in residence Chris Latham.
A series of five films featuring images from the First World War were projected onto the Memorial building. A film featuring faces of the fallen was projected onto a tree, the haunting imagery brought many of the audience to tears.
A beam of light slowly changing from white to crimson red shone from the parapet of the Memorial across to Australian Parliament House. The beams were symbolic of the freedoms enjoyed by Australians through the compact of their elected Parliament and those honoured by the Australian War Memorial who protect them.
It was an honour to work on this solemn and moving exhibition.