Magic Design Workshop
Escaping War Devastated Europe

Bonegilla Memorial Wall

The Arc is a boat shaped installation that incorporates the name and information plaques of the Bonegilla residents from 1947 to 1971. The nature of the two arcs resembles a boat shape that embraces the viewer as they walk through it looking at the plaques.

Escaping War Devastated Europe

Escaping War Devastated Europe

310,000 migrants and refugees passed through Bonegilla looking to start a new life in Australia.

1947/1971

1947/1971

This former army camp was isolated, sparse and rudimentry.

The project

The project

To create a sculptural wall where migrants could leave a family plaque to record their entry into Australia.

Location Location

Location Location

The sculpture was positioned so the camp retained it’s sense of remoteness.

Flexible Steel

Flexible Steel

Representing 24 years of operation, the design can display 1800 plaques over an adjustable template.

70 years later

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 CONCEPT

THE CONCEPT

The nature of the two arcs resembles a boat shape that embraces the viewer as they walk through, looking at the plaques.

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