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Photograph - Digital Image - Homefront: Vietnam

From the Collection of Greensborough Historical Society 34 Glenauburn Road Lower Plenty Lower Plenty Victoria

Description
Digital copy of colour photographs
Object Registration
6128
Keywords
greensborough war memorial park, war memorials, homefront project
Historical information
"Homefront" is the name of the group of chainsaw statues in Greensborough's War Memorial Park. Banyule Council initiated the project. The sculptures were designed by Amanda Gibson, carved by Hikaru Kodama and Leigh Conkie. In this sculpture "Vietnam", the soldier is based on veteran Bill Cantwell’s experience in the Vietnam War. The young soldier wears an eye patch – Bill’s legacy of his wartime injury. The base of the statue represents being held down – you can see the hands reaching up the soldier’s legs. Carved by Hikaru. The laser-cut steel shield has a pattern of Huey helicopters flying over rubber trees, Bill’s memory of being evacuated after being shot in the eye.


When Made
11/07/2018
Made By
Marilyn Smith (Maker)
Significance
The Homefront project replaces Leigh Conkie's original chainsaw sculptures in War Memorial Park.
Last updated
26 Jun 2019 at 7:40PM