Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

April 25, 2010

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day

Filed under: Art,Painted Boxes — paul @ 4:47 am
Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

In New Zealand and Australia, April 25 is a day of remembrance (Anzac Day). Originating with the ill-fated landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli (Turkey) on April 25, 1915, it is now a day of more general commemoration of those who died in military action.

This oversize box is at the Glenview/Great North Roads corner of Waikumete Cemetery and prominently features the poppies which are sold in the preceding days to raise funds for veterans’ charities. Apart from the poppies (which evoke the World War I battle fields of Flanders), we see soldiers and nurses as well as military hardware. Behind the box in the picture above one can see the cenotaph which is the focal point of the adjacent servicemen’s cemetery. A dawn service by candlelight will take place here at 6 a.m. on Sunday 25 April.

The artwork is by Dan Mills. More work by Dan Mills.

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

1 Comment

  1. Lest we forget.

    Comment by Bill — April 25, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.