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New Pioneer Park War Memorial one step closer

New Pioneer Park War Memorial one step closer

The Town of Gawler is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Art South Australia’s Public Art and Design Major Commission funding for 2017 which will provide $80,000 towards the delivery of the Pioneer Park War Memorial.

“The Pioneer Park War Memorial is an important community driven project for Gawler and it is a significant achievement for the Town of Gawler to have a recognised Major Commission in development,” says Mayor Redman.

Acclaimed artist Robert Hannaford AM has been engaged to design and develop the War Memorial. 

Its design includes a bronze sculpture of a resting hand, 4.4 metres in length and two metres in height. 

The sculpture will be placed on a rectangular concrete plinth surrounded by circular paving connecting to the existing pathway in Pioneer Park. 

“Robert Hannaford AM has produced a moving and brilliant sculptural concept that will not only be the centrepiece of all commemorative activities but also a quality and significant piece of public art for locals and visitors alike,” says Mayor Redman.

“The support being provided by Arts SA ensures that we will be able to deliver this unique War Memorial that will be an important place of reflection for our community. The investment in this project will enable Defence Force families, locals and visitors alike to learn about our military history whilst acknowledging and honouring the service and sacrifice of all our service men and women. It will be of cultural, artistic and educational significance to the region and beyond.”

The Town of Gawler and the RSL Gawler Sub Branch officially launched its fundraising programme for the new War Memorial in Pioneer Park last Thursday, November 2.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.