Thursday, 30 April 2015

New WWI pavilion in Auckland Navy Museum


Hon. Maggie Barry Minister of Culture and Heritage and RADM Jack Steer Chief of Navy

The WW100 Commemorative Pavilion, and new AD Boyle room was officially opened at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum by Hon Maggie Barry, Mar 5th. 

Helen Pollock and Cmd David Wright, director of the Museum
It is intended as a place of reflection and contemplation. 
This beautiful new community facility is now open to the public and is a multi purpose space designed for the smooth delivery of education programmes, lectures, temporary exhibitions and functions.

The centrepiece of the pavilion is a sculpture by Devonport artist Helen Pollock called As Above, So Below  commissioned by the Museum.









Helen with her art work
The bronze and water sculpture acknowledges the struggle and sacrifice of those who served at sea  during WW1, depicting the nobility of their commitment and acknowledging the often appalling conditions they had to endure.
It features a 'archaic' bronze ladder stretching seemingly infinitely above and below - a nautical Jacob's ladder  and a universal symbol of ascent.

The Dedication Ceremony
It was dedicated at a ceremony at the museum by the Bishop of Auckland Rt Rev. Ross Bay and the Navy Chaplain Colin Mason early March.

Helen Pollock and Dr Lisbeth Jacobs Hon Belgian Consul in Auckland
Two previous commemorative works by Helen Pollock are: Falls the Shadow - now permanently installed as part of the New Zealand Memorial at the Passchendaele Memorial Museum 1917 in Zonnebeke, Belgium, and Victory Medal currently touring in New Zealand. 

Victory Medal will tour to the battlefield towns of Arras, Messines, and Le Quesnoy over the next four years.

She says "My father served as a signaller on the Western Front from April 1918. He died when I was young and these 3 works are basically retracing his footsteps."

Naval Sunset Ceremony at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum Opening

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