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Environmental artist Lynne Adams' astonishing carpet of poppies installed at Currumbin's  Elephant Rock ahead of Anzac Day celebrations there this morning. Photo Jeff Dawson
Environmental artist Lynne Adams’ astonishing carpet of poppies installed at Currumbin’s Elephant Rock ahead of Anzac Day celebrations there this morning. Photo Jeff Dawson

Upper Main Arm environmental artist, Lynne Adams is ecstatic following the revitalisation of the carpet of 5000 handmade poppies forming an evocative backdrop to this morning’s Anzac Day dawn service.

In 2015, Currumbin RSL and Swell Sculpture Festival commissioned Lynne and partner Tony Butler to work with school children to create the poppies for the centenary of Anzac.

‘My flower creations have often been described as whimsical,’ Lynne said.

‘In remembering the casualties of war, this poppy displays a much more significant and sombre meaning’.

Close-up of the Poppies art work. Photo Jeff Dawson
Close-up of the Poppies art work. Photo Jeff Dawson

More than 1200 school students from Currumbin and Elanora primary and Palm Beach Currumbin High, as well as volunteers from the RSL’s Fun & Ageless group, workshopped Lynne’s Flanders poppy design to create 5,000 flowers from 10,000 recycled plastic bottles which had been generously donated by Visy.

Following last year’s workshops, the plastic flower forms were transported back to Upper Main Arm where Lynne individually painted them prior to the mammoth task of fixing them to recycled shark netting, with the assistance of more volunteers, at the local Kohinur Hall.

After their successful debut in 2015, Lynne and Tony were commissioned to revitalise the piece for this year’s Anzac service. With the assistance of volunteers from RSL’s Fun & Ageless and Swell Sculpture, the poppies on four strips of netting were cleaned and revamped prior to being draped over Elephant Rock. The artists were once again thankful for the assistance of abseiling, Chris Roberts of Rope Access and Emergency, to hang the piece.

The 2016 Poppy project displays the piece differently and utilises strips of red LED lighting to provide an awesome night viewing experience. The project not only commemorates Anzac Day, it highlights the themes of conflict, the environment and the importance of community.


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  1. As always Lynne Adams with her partner Tony Butler have done an amazing job. An incredible installation.
    I saw the poppies at the Tower of London a couple of years ago. This, although on a micro scale, is reminiscent of that. Go see it while you can.

  2. Brilliant work on so many levels including environmental, social history and community building and connectivity. Congtratulations and thanks to the artists. I hope a film follows..


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