POPPY PROJECT | Art installation marks centenary of Armistice

Spin-a-Yarn Knitters Group members Janice Ferrett, Kerry Brotherhood and Dianna Spina in front of the poppies at Smithfield RSL.

Spin-a-Yarn Knitters Group members Janice Ferrett, Kerry Brotherhood and Dianna Spina in front of the poppies at Smithfield RSL.

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row.

The famous poem – which references the red poppies which had grown over the graves of fallen soldiers –  of Canadian World War I medical officer, John McCrae has inspired the poppy to become the ubiquitous symbol of remembrance.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War, Fairfield City Museum & Gallery (FCMG) commissioned a Poppy Project art installation to serve as a visual reminder of the sacrifices made by those who served our nation and those who continue to do so.

The installation contains more than 1400 hand crafted poppies and is on display at Smithfield RSL. Each poppy can take up to 45 minutes to complete.

The project was aided by the Spin-a-Yarn Knitters Group and members of the crafty community who donated poppies.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the Poppy Project forms part of several fitting tributes to those who served during the World War I.

“These projects will create a lasting legacy of remembrance,” he said.

“I commend the staff at the Fairfield City Museum & Gallery and all who contributed toward the Poppy Project tribute and encourage you to visit the display.” 

  • The installation will be on display at Smithfield RSL as part of their 100 Year Commemoration of the First World War Armistice from November 11 to 30.