Post Installation …

Well now … the weeks are flying for me … still no time to rest although I must admit to a small sleep in this morning … We are still buoyed with the outcome of our fantastic installation in Fed Square and Princes Bridge … accolades for the project are still coming in and we think we ALL deserve them.  Every person, every poppy has had a part to play in the whole … and my goodness when I think about what we have achieved … I still need to be pinched.

Fed Square Banner Pic - CopyBut that was last week … this week we are still drying our poppy panels and will need to go over them in detail to get them ready for the next installation … and also looking at future plans.  We are removing another part of the installation from the Atrium fracture gallery at Fed Square tomorrow morning … but the static display in the Atrium and Deakin Edge fracture gallery will remain for another week.  These elements of the installation are, as you know, quite different from the “field” on the forecourt and equally beautiful.  If you haven’t had a chance to view … it’s still worth the visit.

Fed Square Deakin Edge

It’s interesting to me that the Anzac Weekend is a bit of a blur … much like planning a wedding … so many months in the planning and then the day disappears in a whirlwind.  I don’t remember much about the whole thing actually … it went so fast … in such a flurry of activity that I forgot to stop and smell the poppies … wet wool .. they smell like wet wool!

However, just because this part of the journey is coming to a close … I wanted to to let you know that we are not sitting idle … and so I want to share with you this week’s big news …

We have been invited (through our wonderful installation designer Phil Johnson) to take our poppies to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2016.  Almost from the start this was part of my “dream”, and now we have an opportunity to make it real.  The Chelsea Flower Show is set in the grounds of the historic Chelsea Hospital … which has great ties to many of the sick and wounded from WWI. Many a digger found himself (herself) repatriated to Chelsea from the fighting in Europe so the connection is strong.

There is still much work to be done before it happens not the least of which will be to find funding  … but we have support from many people who can help us to make it happen.  And so the machinations begin.

I am also hoping that if we are able to get this off the ground (which I have no doubt we will) that we will also be able to organise travel and tours to complement our journey for our many followers, so that we will be able to travel as a group and share the love … that, I must admit, sounds REALLY good to me.

So …. did you think it was all over?

It’s only just beginning!!!!!

About 5000 Poppies

The 5000 Poppies Project is a community tribute of respect and remembrance for our servicemen and women, their families and their communities. Created in 2013 by sisters in law Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight in honour of their fathers service in WWII, the project has been closely aligned with the Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018, and has consisted of a number of small and large scale installations made from handcrafted poppies from many thousands of contributors from all over the world.
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1 Response to Post Installation …

  1. Diane Collyer says:

    I so wishI could say, Book Me In. But then, who knows what could happen in the next few months. Tattslotto, even. I wish you luck with all your planning. God Bless to you all. Diane.

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