A field of 600 deep red ceramic poppies covered the Box Hill Town Hall front lawn yesterday to coincide with Remembrance Day and, will remain ‘planted’ until Friday 20 November. The majority of the poppies were made by local primary school students in a project that forms part of Whitehorse City Council’s Anzac Centenary commemorations.
Art tutors from the Box Hill Community Arts Centre visited schools from May this year teaching students in grades 3 to 6 how to make and paint the poppies. Five schools in Whitehorse were involved in the project, with Burwood East Primary School, Mitcham Primary School, Vermont Primary School, Mont Albert Primary School and Our Lady’s Primary School taking part. The Box Hill Community Arts Centre also held free family workshops to make poppies during the July school holidays.
Each poppy is inscribed with the name of a person who served during World War I and hailed from the Shire of Nunawading (now incorporated in the City of Whitehorse), making this a memorial that is both visually striking and very moving.