An Australian-made tapestry created to hang in the Sir John Monash Centre in France was cut from its loom yesterday.
The Morning Star tapestry was designed by prominent Australian war artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, who both worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, and depicts winter dawn light illuminating a pathway through eucalypt trees and bush towards sunlight, with inset images of young soldiers departing for war.
Also present at the event was Michael Bennett, the great-grandson of Sir John Monash.
The tapestry took close to 4,000 weaving hours to complete, with wool sourced from sustainable producers in Australia.
It will be permanently displayed in the Sir John Monash Centre, which opens in Villers-Bretonneux, France in April 2018.
More about the Morning Star tapestry here:
The wool is sourced from sustainable producers in Australia and was dyed on site into more than 370 colours, shades and tones, including soft pastels which add complexity.
This tapestry aims to communicate to non-Australians and to Australian pilgrims an understanding of the places for which the Australians fought and the imaginary spaces they carried with them.
Charles Green and Lyndell Brown have been war artists in Iraq and Afghanistan and have had over 30 exhibitions in Australia and internationally.
There is also a personal connection to this project, as Green's grandfather was one of those First World War Australian soldiers at the Western Front, who was badly wounded and invalided on these battlefields.
Michael Bennett, the great-grandson of Sir John Monash.