THE LATEST ISSUE of Memorial News, the newsletter of the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Society, has announced that sculptor James Parrett has submitted the winning design for a national memorial to be constructed at the Australian War memorial next year.
The sculpture, entitled Passage, will mark the horrendous loss of life that ensued from the invasion of the New Guinea Islands in 1942 and the subsequent sinking of the Montevideo Maru.
James Parrett says of his design: “My immediate response was to create a work that would protect the memory of the people who lost their lives as well as the tragedy of the event itself.”
He has sought to provide a timeless abstract design that will also be of appeal to future generations and that has both physical and aesthetic integrity.
The sculpture will be fabricated in stainless steel and stand about 3.5 metres high. The design is based on the manipulation of circular forms, and refers to themes of physical and personal journeys and the ocean.
An explanatory text panel will be placed adjacent to the memorial and provide a brief account of the events it commemorates.
The design was recently approved by the Australian War Memorial Council and will require final works approval from the National Capital Authority.
Commissioning of the sculptural memorial will not occur until it is fully funded.
The Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Society – which is now over halfway to its funding goal of $400,000 – still needs support if the memorial is to be completed next year, the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the Montevideo Maru.
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