Call Out For Local Artists

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Council is calling for creatives to design, develop and install a new 3-dimensional artwork in Echuca, honouring soldiers in the region.

Campaspe Shire Mayor, Cr Amos acknowledged the importance of the installation in collaboration with Echuca RSL. The standalone piece in Echuca will be highlighted in ANZAC and Remembrance services to honour and celebrate veterans for years to come.

“We’re asking artists to channel their creative juices to come up with a statue or sculptural concept that commemorates those who have served in previous conflicts.

“The artwork will be located in the Echuca District War Memorial precinct on Hare Street and will incorporate the names of the 1,619 fallen and returned servicemen into the design.

“As some people may be aware, the memorial walls with the names of those who had served was removed due to safety concerns. This provided an opportunity to replace the walls with something that reflects the value of their service,” Cr Amos said.

The EOI process will assist in creating a shortlist of artists for an independent panel to review. The panel will feature representatives from Campaspe Shire’s Arts and Culture team, Infrastructure team and Echuca RSL.

“We, the Echuca Returned Services League (RSL) are excited to be working with Campaspe Shire to deliver a new sculptural concept in the memorial precinct. The installation will memorialise those who fought for our country and region in a moving tribute for future generations to continue to pay respect and remember the sacrifices that have been made.

“We look forward to developing and delivering the final installation over the next two years,” Denis Shanahan, Echuca RSL sub-branch president added.

The project will be awarded in late 2024, with the project set to be complete by ANZAC Day 2026.

The Expressions of Interest close at 5pm on Friday, 14 June.

To submit an Expression of Interest, please click here.

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