James Parrett wins Australian War Memorial Commission

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Wednesday 11 January 2012.

James Parrett wins Australian War Memorial Commission image

This major award is in memory of the tragedies that ensued after the 1942 Japanese invasion of the New Guinea Islands. This included Australias greatest maritime disaster, the sinking of the Montevideo Maru with the loss of more than 1,000 lives.

The memorial will be completed in 2012 and will be installed in the Eastern Precinct on the grounds of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra

In creating his design, James states "My immediate response was to create a work that would ‘protect’ the memory of the people who lost their lives as well as the tragedy of the event itself.

He sought to provide an abstract design for future generations that was timeless, both physically and aesthetically. The work will be fabricated in stainless steel and be approximately 3.5 mtrs high. The design, based on the manipulation of circular forms, refers to themes of physical and personal journeys, and the ocean. This symbolic design provides a peaceful way of reflecting upon the fall of Rabaul, the New Guinea Islands and the sinking of the Montevideo Maru.

The location for the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru memorial is in the Australian War Memorial’s award winning Eastern Precinct, designed by Johnson Pilton Walker. This site commands views across the National Servicemens memorial and ANZAC Parade and will be positioned near the bronze sculpture of Sir Edward Weary Dunlop.

James Parrett is represented by Gould Galleries

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