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Two 20 metre high granite structures for the Gallipoli Reach

By johnboy 2 March 2009 36

[First filed: February 26, 2009 @ 17:26]

The SMH reports on new plans for specific memorials to the two world wars of the 20th century.

    The design will see two 20 metre-high granite structures constructed near the stretch of Lake Burley Griffin’s northern foreshore known as Gallipoli Reach, flanking the entrance to Anzac Parade.

Don’t hold your breathe though, apparently it will only be built when enough private money is chipped in to the tune of $21 million.

UPDATED: If you want to donate, or see more pictures of the plans, you can do it at the dedicated website.

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Granny 12:45 am 04 Mar 09

Well they couldn’t drape her over a car or straddle her over a motorbike, I suppose.

poptop 12:28 am 04 Mar 09

Obviously it memorialises all the nude people who have been affected by war.

Willozap 9:54 am 03 Mar 09

Why does this memorial include naked person out the front?

http://www.mdc.org.au/images/mdc2.jpg

PsydFX 12:18 am 03 Mar 09

Me too. They are excessive and instill no emotion.

The cat did it 12:12 am 03 Mar 09

These ponderous monuments are a crass hangover from John Howard’s efforts to inject militarism into Australian nationalism. Remember him publicly sobbing over every dead soldier’s returning corpse- what was Paul Keating’s comment? “the ringmaster of grief”? Mussolini would have been proud of such “New Brutalism”styled structures, and the militaristic mindset that goes with it.

Unfortunately, the government’s approach to monuments is like a scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian “… men.” “And women”, where every individual group/conflict/whatever jostles to be individually identified- everybody wins a prize. Far better, and more dignified if there is one single monument- the War Memorial itself. As for the sun shining through slits on the anniversary- If they feel they need to lard on additional layers of ‘significance’ why don’t they go all the way and have an altar stone where they can sacrifice a conscript every Anzac day.

Ugly, stupid idea- I hope the Budget cuts prevent it being built.

PsydFX 12:03 am 03 Mar 09

Am I missing something? What are these supposed to symbolise?

poptop 11:06 pm 02 Mar 09

Do you think the designers intentionally make memorials irresistable for grinding, ollies, flip tricks and other various skateboardy businesses?

The signs point to yes.

puzzlepunk 11:00 pm 02 Mar 09

old canberran said :

How many more memorials do they want? Surely the one at the end of Anzac Parade should be enough. A waste of good money and I think they will ruin that wonderful view from Parliament house to the War Memorial and vice versa.

They have also left room for future wars along Anzac parade – Maybe peace and diplomacy isn’t a policy just yet. It would be nice to see memorials of the same volume and expense for other aspects of Australian history maybe all the great scientists and inventors of Australia

Also what stuns me is how cheap those plans/artists renditions look and how much they are stated to cost. Modern “public art” is often very underwhelming, in Australia at least. It seems anyone can bend and paint a few metal girders or place a few blocks on top of each other. While I don’t have anything against contemporary work (I am a graphic designer mostly working in digital production) I feel way to much of the stuff that we see executed has been watered down by committee thinking and wishy-washy bureaucracy.

Look at the Anzac “Arch” and compare it to any other triumphant arch in another great capitol city around the world as a perfect example.

astrojax 4:07 pm 02 Mar 09

Is anyone else hearing the 2001 Space Odyssey theme ringing in their ears?

theme? i thought 2001 used strauss’ ‘thus spake zarathustra’, not it’s own ‘theme’…

Gungahlin Al 3:17 pm 02 Mar 09

But I agree, a proper one on ANZAC Pde should be built for the SAS. My idea for a memorial would be a bronze SAS trooper lying prone in the midst of a firefight, while a aluminium faceless PS official removes the trooper’s wallet from his back pocket!

Why pile scorn on public service staff when it is the Generals who have initiated the whole debt recovery debacle?

Granny 3:13 pm 02 Mar 09

It just looks like a giant crack to me!

Mr Evil 3:00 pm 02 Mar 09

BerraBoy68 said :

Given the level of effort they’re currently putting in in the Gulf, I really think we need an SAS memorial more than a WWI and WWII memorials.

May I suggest something along the lines of a life size bronze trooper in full fighting kit handing his wallet to a faceless public servant?!

There is an SAS Memorial in Canberra – hidden away in that little park outside the AFP HQ.

But I agree, a proper one on ANZAC Pde should be built for the SAS. My idea for a memorial would be a bronze SAS trooper lying prone in the midst of a firefight, while a aluminium faceless PS official removes the trooper’s wallet from his back pocket!

p1 2:58 pm 02 Mar 09

Given the level of effort they’re currently putting in in the Gulf, I really think we need an SAS memorial more than a WWI and WWII memorials.

There already is one, but all the people who have seen it are dead!

Gungahlin Al 11:31 am 28 Feb 09

monomania said :

Something as massive as this would draw the eye away from the most important feature of Anzac parade, the Australian War Memorial, one of the few national buildings in Canberra of any real substance.

My thoughts too.

BerraBoy68 9:17 am 28 Feb 09

Given the level of effort they’re currently putting in in the Gulf, I really think we need an SAS memorial more than a WWI and WWII memorials.

May I suggest something along the lines of a life size bronze trooper in full fighting kit handing his wallet to a faceless public servant?!

harley 2:14 am 28 Feb 09

johnboy said :

And do we fly the soviet flag or the new russian one?

Soviet Russia left the war, so you’d have to have the Czar era flag…

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