PIONEER Park will soon be home to a new ‘landmark’ war memorial after Gawler’s elected members supported a final design concept at their recent monthly meeting.
The design, created by artist Robert Hannaford, features a five-metre-long resting hand, positioned on, a 12-metre (approx.) circle plinth.
The concept behind the design is to create a modern, and unique, piece of art that is inclusive of all service people, regardless of race, gender and religion.
Upon completion, the project could cost Gawler Council up to $100,000, with half already allocated in the 2017/18 budget.
Gawler Council business enterprises and communications manager, and Pioneer Park war memorial working group member, David Barrett was at the meeting to explain to elected members why the design was selected.
“Imagine an army soldier dying on the field, their hands are raised; air force personnel falling out of the sky, their hands are raised; and also navy going down with their ship, their hand is involved in that,” he said.
“We also wanted this war memorial to reflect peace-keeping missions, so extending the hand of help, as well as other service within military history.
“The concept that Mr Hannaford came up with is rather great…and we’re looking forward to putting the concept out to the community.”
Deputy Mayor Ian Tooley questioned Gawler RSL sub-branch’s response to the design, “given they can be quite traditional”.
“They loved it, and if there’s a better word than unanimous, we’d use it, but that was the approach taken to this sculpture,” Mr Barrett said.
The design was agreed on unanimously by council, and will now go out for community consultation this month.