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Victory Medal Sculpture


Wed 8 Jun 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 9 Jun 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 10 Jun 2016, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 11 Jun 2016, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 12 Jun 2016, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: The Nelson Provincial Museum, Cnr Hardy & Trafalgar Sts, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Nelson/Tasman Residents FREE: $0.00
  • Adults: $5.00
  • Children: $3.00
  • Family (2 Adults plus accompanying children): $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: peter12

A sculptural work in memorial to the grievous losses of the First World War and a reflection on the idea of 'victory' in war. Exhibiting in New Zealand and Europe.

‘Victory Medal’ honours our forebears who fought in the First World War; those who died and those who returned with their lives blighted and shortened by the experience of war. ‘Victory Medal’ acknowledges all of our heroes.

Thirty six pairs of feet, the number of a small platoon, stand on a rusted steel ‘medal’ in four sections, creating a cross formation. The feet are moulded from rough unprocessed New Zealand clay into a ‘cohesive fighting unit’. They are torn, distressed and fired under intense heat over a period of three days, and permanently altered and hardened. They are sinewed foot-sloggers' ‘feet’.

One pair of feet is cast in bronze – a ‘recognised hero’. - Helen Pollock