A tapestry commemorating the sacrifice and heroism of Australian soldiers on the Western Front is set to be cut from the loom this month in Melbourne. Designed by prominent Australian artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Morning star will be showcased at the opening of the Sir John Monash Centre (SJMC) in France.
Morning Star will provide a lasting legacy in perpetuity commemorating the 46,000 Australian lives lost in the battles of the Western Front in World War 1 and commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC.
“[This] tapestry aims to communicate to non-Australians and to Australian pilgrims an understanding of the places for which the Australians fought and the imaginary spaces that they carried with them,’’ said artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green.
You can catch a glimpse of the tapestry before it heads over to France for the official opening on 24 April 2018, at the Australian Tapestry Workshop on Wednesday 13 December at 2pm.
Work commenced on the Morning Star tapestry in April 2017 and has taken the team of weavers Pamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe, Cheryl Thornton, David Cochrane and Pierre Bureau over 4000 hours to complete.
The Sir John Monash Centre in France will educate visitors about Australia’s early role in international affairs, reshape patterns of visitation to the Western Front battlefields and in doing so, provide a lasting legacy from the Centenary of Anzac.
What: Morning Star tapestry cutting from the loom ceremony
When: Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 2.00pm
Where: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262-266 Park St, South Melbourne