Armistice Centenary public art project
Throughout the 2014 – 2018 Anzac Centenary, communities across Queensland have joined together to create many fitting tributes to those who served during the First World War.
The Queensland Government commissioned a statewide art installation, which comprised thousands of poppies made from all over the state.
About the Armistice Centenary artworkThis impressive art installation stood over 3m high and 16m long. It was a strong reminder of the importance to remember the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women.
The artwork contained thousands of handmade paper poppies to honour the 57,705 Queenslanders who enlisted in the First World War. The poppies were created by Queenslanders from across the state between June and September 2018.
The finished artwork toured to Townsville, Mackay, Longreach, Bundaberg and Brisbane between 6 October and 11 November 2018. Thousands of people visited the artwork to see the poppies they had made and honour the memory of our Queensland soldiers.
Landsborough Street Headland, Townsville
Civic Green, Mackay
Beersheba Place, Longreach
Buss Park, Bundaberg
River Quay, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane
Community poppy making workshopsBetween June and September 2018 Queenslanders made thousands of handmade poppies for the art installation by visiting us at the following events or ordering a poppy making kit online. Thank you to all those who contributed.
Pop up activation at the Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton
Mary Poppins Festival, Maryborough
Fire in the Sky, Noosa Alive
Mackay Mazda Festival of the Arts
Rodeo Week Isa Street Festival, Mount Isa
Ekka, Royal Queensland Show, Brisbane
The Village Festival, Yeppoon
Pop up activation at the Wirrarri Visitor Centre, Birdsville Races
Carnival on Collins, Cairns Festival
Big Birthday Street Festival, Charleville’s Big Birthday and Bilby Festival
Pop up activation at the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane
Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin
Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Palmetum 30th Anniversary Celebrations, Annandale
Digital poppy online reflection pool
As well as making a paper poppy for the art installation, Queenslanders participated by creating their own, personalised digital poppy which was added to a virtual reflection pool.
The digital poppy dedications honoured those Queenslanders who served during the First World War.
Digital poppy dedications were displayed during the Armistice Centenary commemorations in Brisbane alongside the final art installation.