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During this series of ‘Melbourne Street Art Story Weblogs’ I will endeavour to share my personal discovery of Melbourne’s Street Art. Whilst there is much available to view in the way of images on the web, I hope I can offer a point of difference. I will be inviting you to productively contribute your opinions and knowledge, in a way that is respectful to the Street Artists featured; and in a way that will add value to this conversation. Please click here to view my weblog page which features my “introductory story” and view other featured Melbourne Street Art works photographed by me, as I discover them…
ABOUT STREET ART PHOTO STORY No. 10 – “5000 Poppies Project”
My husband and I took the opportunity to travel into Melbourne City Centre – Federation Square on Anzac Day to view the amazing “5000 Poppies Project“. We were so touched by this extraordinary community street art display of thousands of poppies that had been hand crafted by so many volunteers.
Over the last two years, an Australian wide group of volunteers as well as some volunteers from other countries, knitted and crocheted for the “5000 Poppies Project“. Their target goal was 5,000 poppies but to their surprise they were able to achieve more than 250,000 poppies in all. These poppies were then assembled and displayed at Federation Square, Melbourne Australia in commemoration of Australia’s 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing. These small gifts of time and energy in the way of a crafted poppy – were a community representation of ‘respect and remembrance to honour Australia’s servicemen and women who have fought in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations (Fed Square 2015).
SLIDE SHOW OF PHOTOS TAKEN – 5000 POPPIES ANZAC CENTENARY PROJECT
MY FAVOURITE POPPY DISPLAY – The Holden FX featuring a Poppy Display on its Car Hood!
At the commencement of the Anzac Parade, I spotted a fleet of General Motors Holden FX 48-215 motor vehicles which were being featured in this ANZAC Centenary Parade Melbourne. The Holden FX was Australia’s first own car, and became a definitive model for millions of cars – Australian production with American styling! The Holden also met the design needs of the Australian suburban driver by taking into account the Australian environment, thus they were a robust and economical family sedan. The first Holden was delivered off the Fishermen’s Bend assembly line on the 29th November 1948. It became a car that represented dreams of prosperity, of freedom, of independence after wartime conformity (National Museum Australia 2015). I remember my own family owning a Holden, so it is no wonder that I loved photographing this historical Australian motor vehicle…
An incredible community street art project and event, created by the generosity of so many volunteers – makes me proud to be an Australian. If you would like to know more about their project please click here!
I hope you enjoyed viewing this Weblog on some of the ‘Street Art’ featured in Melbourne’s Federation Square – Australia. Please feel free to leave comments that are respectful to the Street Artists and add value to the conversation…Karen Robinson
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