The Great Southern Line Anzac Story commemorative sculptures have officially been recognised as one of Australia’s best street art experiences.
The Great Southern Line ANZAC Story has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Monument or Memorial” category, with the winners to be announced at an Awards ceremony on 6 November 2019.
Through sculptures at Goulburn, Moss Vale and Picton railway stations, the art project shares with visitors and locals a little-known side to the role played by railway workers on the Great Southern Line who enlisted in World War 1.
Conceived by Southern Tablelands Arts, history expert Dr Mary Hutchison worked with the community to identify stories of wartime local heroes before artist Tracy Luff created the sculptures.
Australian Street Art Awards Director, Liz Rivers, said “The Awards educate travellers about the magnificent array of publicly-accessible art that can be found in every corner of the country, while showcasing destinations like the Southern Tablelands that are using publicly accessible art to transform their streets and landscapes,” she said.
With rigorous judging by tourism and event industry leaders from around Australia and second-tier auditing, the Great Southern Line ANZAC Story’s finalist berth has the credence of the art tourism sector.
Judging focused on the way the artwork has been used to attract visitors and bring the local community together. In the case of this trail, the judges said that has been achieved in a remarkably sensitive and appropriate way: “The previously overlooked story of young railway workers enlisting in war, surviving its horrors and returning to recommence their railway jobs is a very moving one.
“These Southern Tablelands artworks are contributing significantly to making Australia a more vibrant, creative and interesting country – somewhere that international visitors, as well as domestic travellers, will want to explore,” the judges said.
For more information about the Awards or Summit, contact Liz Rivers on [email protected] or phone 1300 88 22 59.