NCA partners with St. Edmund's College for Anzac Day Initiative

Media Release

21 April 2015

To commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, the National Capital Authority (NCA) has collaborated with St Edmund's College to make 100 poppies that will be placed in Rond Pond at the lake end of Anzac Parade.

The installation involved St Edmund's students working with teachers and parents to construct the poppies last weekend, Saturday 18 April.

The College produced the art installation which was fabricated using core flute plastic. Each poppy has been individually made and will be illuminated with special waterproof coloured lighting. This effect will not only enhance the artwork but provide a soft glow ensuring the installation can be seen at night and in the pre-dawn light.

'Originally the College was built as a War Memorial to acknowledge those who had lost their lives, so this is a wonderful project for the boys and their families to be part of. It was great to see the poppies become a finished piece of work; and to have the opportunity to support the Centenary Commemorations with an art installation piece' said Mrs Jennifer Harvey, Defence Transition Mentor, St Edmund's College.

The idea was initiated by Ms Helen Badger Executive Director, National Capital Estate, National Capital Authority. 'The NCA was keen to highlight to Canberra visitors and residents the national assets we manage. Rond Pond was the perfect choice for this initiative given its proximity to the Australian War Memorial and the memorials on Anzac Parade. It is hoped that this project can expand, with the help of St Edmund's, to other schools across the nation, particularly due to its relevance over the Centenary period from now until 2018'.

The installation will be turned on commencing Wednesday 22 April at 4pm and will remain on display until Monday 27 April.

When: Wednesday 22 April at 4pm

Where: Rond Terrace Carpark (Lake end of Anzac parade). Due to safety considerations access to Rond Pond is restricted.

Talent: Helen Badger (Executive Director, National Capital Estate, National Capital Authority) Mr Andrew Jones Head of Visual Art St Edmund's College, Mrs Jennifer Harvey Defence Transition Mentor St Edmund's College and Eddies Boys.

Contact: Kate Still 0417 713 863 to arrange an interview