- Acclaimed international artist commemorates Anzac spirit and Armistice anniversary
- Installation will feature more than 16,000 lights
- Supported by State Government through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program
Albany will become a beacon for honouring the service and sacrifice of the Anzacs when Field of Light: Avenue of Honour opens next week.
Adorning the Avenue of Honour on Mount Clarence, thousands of visitors are expected to wander through the display of more than 16,000 lights crafted by world-renowned artist Bruce Munro.
The shining glass spheres will light up the road approaching Albany's National Anzac Centre in whites, yellows and golds - the colours of Australia's and New Zealand's national flowers.
Field of Light: Avenue of Honour, exhibiting from October 4, 2018 to Anzac Day 2019, will coincide with the conclusion of the Anzac Centenary commemorations.
Field of Light: Avenue of Honour is proudly supported by the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia's Regional Events Program and Lotterywest.
The initiative is a partnership led by the City of Albany, Returned & Services League of Australia WA Branch, local RSL Albany sub-branch and FORM - an independent non-profit cultural organisation.
For more information about the event, visit http://www.fieldoflightalbany.com.au
Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:
"The Field of Light: Avenue of Honour comes at a significant time in Albany's history, acting in memorial to the 41,000 Anzacs who departed from Albany's shores over a century ago and the Armistice that followed in 1918.
"While Gallipoli is still a magnet for many people wanting to commemorate the Anzac tradition, this large-scale immersive artwork will offer a memorial closer to home, with an illuminating, not to be missed experience.
"It offers a compelling reason to visit the historic and cultural highlights of Albany, including the award-winning National Anzac Centre.
"Supporting unique events such as Field of Light are a key component of the State Government's Two-Year Action Plan, which includes attracting more people to regional WA."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"The Field of Light: Avenue of Honour installation will be an extraordinary sight in Albany, and a great opportunity to explore the Great Southern region's natural attractions, food and wine trails and amazing wildflowers.
"Events like this not only provide a significant boost to local tourism-related businesses but also add vibrancy and positive social opportunities for people in our regions.
"The community has really embraced this event with the glass spheres 'planted' by scores of local volunteers."
Comments attributed to Veterans Issues Minister Peter Tinley:
"The art installation will recognise Albany as the location many troops departed from for Gallipoli, and offer a place for visitors and locals to pay their respects to Anzac servicemen and women.
"It will also leave a valuable legacy for Albany with its growing reputation as a place of pilgrimage for those wishing to pay respect to the Anzac tradition."
Comments attributed to Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman:
"Western Australia has an impressive reputation for supporting the arts, as this latest installation clearly demonstrates.
"The Field of Light: Avenue of Honour installation is a wonderful part of a suite of artistic activities occurring in Albany and across WA in the lead-up to November 11 and the commemoration of 100 years since the formal end of World War One."
Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200
Veterans Issues Minister's office - 6552 5300
Culture and the Arts Minister's office - 6552 5400