The Grand Central Hotel, which aptly lies opposite of the Shrine of Remembrance, has unveiled a large-scale public art installation paying homage to all Australian diggers.

The Poppy Installation is the first Brisbane City has done to commemorate Anzac Day, and is an 80 square meter masterpiece that adorns the facade of The Grand Central Hotel’s red brick walls.

The installation, curated by home grown architect and artist Suzanne Bosanquet, was hand-made by students from the nearby schools All Hallows’, Ambrose Treacy College, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Somerville House and West End State School.

Suzanne said that she is excited about the installation and looks forward to seeing the reactions of people who pass the poppies on Anzac Day.

“With more than 1,000 poppies – it is going to look incredible and the meaning behind the peace messages and incorporating children and the community, really finalises the significance of the installation.”

The school children, who crafted the red, purple, and white poppies, also inscribed on them peace messages to remember those Australians lost in war. Each colour is of symbolic significance, with the red representing remembrance, the purple in honour of service animals, and the white for peace.

The heritage-listed hotel, which in previous decades was a refreshment room for Central Station, was chosen due to its reputation as the hub that local workers, rail commuters, and war veterans all claim as their own special meeting place.

Its Venue Manager Natalie Lehman said the installation compliments the hotel’s rich history with the Australian Defence Forces.

“We have a long-standing relationship with the Australian Defence Force and are honoured to take part in creating an installation to represent and remember all Anzacs – past and present,” she said.

 

 

 

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