This ANZAC Day, Saturday, 25th April 2015, all are invited to view the monumental sized 'Poppy Sculpture' in Circular Quay's First Fleet Park.
Created by celebrated sculptor Gary Grant, the 'Poppy Sculpture' stands 1.5 metres high and 6.5 metres in length and is understood to be the largest sculpture of its kind in the world.
Over the years, Grant has been involved in a number of special public sculptures, including the 'Tree of Life' sculpture for Prince of Wales Children's Hospital, Ronald MacDonald House Randwick; the 'Star of Remembrance' sculpture for Bear Cottage Children's Hospice Manly; and the 'Reconciliation' sculpture involving NSW National Parks and Wildlife with the La Perouse Aboriginal Land Council, 9/11 Decade of Remembrance' in association with the New York Tribute Center.
His latest, the 'Poppy Sculpture', offers visitors a unique interactive experience.
Visitors are encouraged to take a free small vial from the flower head, which contains sands from the shoreline at Albany, authenticated as the last point where our soldiers left the Australian soil as they embarked on their troop ships to Gallipoli.
Each vial also contains a pine needle from a pine tree whose ancestor was the original Lone Pine from the Gallipoli campaign.
These vials, which offer a priceless connection with the land where our ANZAC spirit was forged, can be signed and authenticated by Grant on ANZAC Day 2015.
This is a unique opportunity to commemorate the Centenary of Gallipoli this ANZAC Day.
The 'Poppy Sculpture' was created with the support from Albany Historical Society, WA, Yarralumla Nursery Canberra, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and dedicated artisans.
From more information on this event, please visit www.poppysculpture.com.au