This sculpture, Sacrifice, is located within the ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney (below).
The War Memorial was opened in 1934 and is a memorial to the Australian Imperial Force of World War I.
The iconic sculpture represents a sacrificial soldier who has been held aloft on a shield by a ‘caryatid’ – in this case three female figures, who represent his mother, sister and wife.
The ceiling of the memorial is also covered in 120,000 stars, which represent the soldiers of the State of New South Wales who volunteered to serve during World War I.
With the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War I in August 2014, this memorial, like every memorial to Australia’s war dead, remains an important place to remember this nation’s great sacrifice.
Lest We Forget