“On the Domestic Front”
Lest We Forget (ANZAC Sculpture)
Artist: Lisa Baier

This sculpture has been created by Lisa Baier and represents the fortitude of women facing wartime adversity.    The bust has been kindly offered for sale to the Maryborough Mural Project as an addition to our project artwork.  The sculpture is currently on display at the Maryborough RSL and will soon move temporarily to the Hervey Bay RSL for display. 

Donations for the Maryborough Mural Project  to purchase this piece for permanent display can be made through a donation box located at the display or by contacting us at admin@maryboroughmuralproject.org

Background to this Sculpture

Unimaginable human sacrifice has been called upon to meet and overcome the challenges and demands of war. On reflection the work itself is intended to remind us all of the tremendous fortitude, commitment and support provided by women domestically during those unsettling times.

This sculpture represents the women who ‘soldiered on’ at home in the face of wartime adversity (e.g. Indigenous, Maori and Anglo-Saxon).

From a distance the woman appears to be a high ranking military official but on closer observation, her uniform consists of domestic objects (e.g. Helmet/Colander; Epaulets/sides of cheese grater) and pertinent reliefs (e.g. Dolly pegs, Kiwi bird, ANZAC ribbon).

Accompanying this heroic and proud figure rests a symbolic coffin dedicated to those who lost their lives. Australian eucalypt leaves and an old fashioned paper cut-out of innocent children holding hands adorn the sides of the casket whilst the front and shoulders inscribe the ‘bay leafed’ title. As in modern day memorial, ANZAC poppies are respectfully and traditionally laid upon the coffin.

In completion, a copper-rust glaze has been applied to depict military camouflage clothing and minor expansion fractures enhanced to portray an aged and weathered centurion object.

Symbology

  • Helmet is a colander with the ANZAC date represented on the front.
  • Ta Moko – is chiselled into the chin of Maori women who are honoured for their personal achievements.
  • Eyes are looking up in hope but pupils strongly focused in determination.
  • Neck is scarred to represent the physical and emotional pain experienced during times of war.
  • Collar badges of shirt are adorned with military-like accolades of triumph.
  • Buttons and cake-piping droplets are used to represent such insignia.
  • Epaulets are created from reverse sides of a cheese grater and are embellished with everyday utensils (knife, fork and spoon) and a whisk, thimble and crochet hook.
  • Rope lengths decoratively drape down from the left shoulder – more representational military dress.
  • Teacup – over right breast with ANZAC stamped into rim holds ornamental poppy flowers.
  • Medal of Honour – over left breast and comprises of a heart, poppy and curtain tassel. The bar is of floral.
  • Indigenous Representation: Right shoulder – Women’s meeting place; Left shoulder – Boomerang replaces chevron.
  • Belt for ammunition is worn on the waist with wooden dolly pegs attached.
  • Doves of peace are stamped into the bust and fly from front to back.
  • Wreath (bay leaf) centred between back shoulders.
  • Ribbon (sash-like) over wreath between shoulders with Australia and New Zealand stamped across it. This ribbon is decorated with gum nuts and a Kiwi.
  • Home is represented by a door and two windows below the belt.
  • Coffin Head: Domestic Front: Lest We Forget inscribed on front and shoulders of coffin.
  • Eucalypt leaves and gum nuts semi-relief one side of the coffin. The other side portrays the old paper cut-outs of children holding hands. Their gender impressed with the tip of a dried poppy seed (e.g. breasts for girls, groin for boys).
  • Peace signs are stamped into the framework as are the nail heads that align the rim of the casket. Synthetic in memorial poppies are laid upon the surface.
  • Poppies were obtained from the local Return Services League Club in Cooma NSW.