Kings Park Memorial

Client: Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority  |  Status: Completed 2019

This simple, elegant and contemporary memorial designed by PLAN E marks the 100th anniversary of the first planting of the memorial avenue trees in Kings Park in 1919 to commemorate the lives of the fallen from World War 1. Since then, memorial plantings have continued to encompass all conflicts in which West Australians have lost their lives, and are one of the defining features of Kings Park.

The design inspiration for the memorial is drawn from the World War 1 Gallipoli campaign. The long, serpentine cast concrete seats defining the memorial space echo the coastline of Turkey from Suvla Bay through to Anzac Cove. The sculptural steel centrepiece represents the prow of a ship approaching the shore, with the unfolding form inspired by the opening of letters sent home by the soldiers, suggesting freedom and escape.

The solid materials and forms have been selected for their honesty and integrity, adding respectful weight and solemnity to the memorial while remaining sympathetic with the natural bushland setting.

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