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.

Longreach at night

About the Armistice Centenary artwork

This 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
Longreach Service

Buss Park, Bundaberg

River Quay, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane

Community poppy making workshops

Between 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.

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Last updated
16 November, 2018