Escaping War Devastated Europe
310,000 migrants and refugees passed through Bonegilla looking to start a new life in Australia.
This former army camp was isolated, sparse and rudimentry.
To create a sculptural wall where migrants could leave a family plaque to record their entry into Australia.
The sculpture was positioned so the camp retained it’s sense of remoteness.
Representing 24 years of operation, the design can display 1800 plaques over an adjustable template.
70 years later
These proud people now return to Bonegilla with loved ones, to read their names, remember friends and share their inspirational stories.
The nature of the two arcs resembles a boat shape that embraces the viewer as they walk through, looking at the plaques.