The sculptures in Greensborough War Memorial Park made by Leigh Conkie fourteen years ago were burnt in a ceremonial fire in the Park on Saturday evening. The sculptures were a much loved-part of Greensborough, but had been ravaged by moisture over the years and were starting to fall apart. Work on designs for new sculptures to replace them has recently been completed. The new sculptures will be mounted in a way to prevent similar issues with moisture and will last significantly longer than the original pieces.
The magnificent fire sculpture built from the original figures was created by Macgregor Knox and his team; well known for their spectacular fire sculptures which are a feature of Montsalvat’s annual winter solstice celebration. The ceremonial fire was lit in each of the four corners by World War II Veteran; Ron Cornelius, Vietnam Veteran; Denis Rowlands, Afghanistan Veteran; Simon Thorn, and Berdene Oxley-Boyd currently serving at the Watsonia Barracks.
While it was very sad to see the Greensborough War Memorial Park sculptures go, the fire was a beautiful event that bought local people together with war veterans; remembering those past and present who dedicated themselves to serving our country.
Work on the new sculptures will continue throughout this year, they will be installed in the park in April 2018.
Thankyou to everyone who came to see the fire, met some of our local war veterans and shared their comments on the designs for the new sculptures.