ACT Memorial

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Matthew Harding


Stainless steel, bluestone basalt, glass and lighting






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The ACT Memorial was commissioned by the ACT Government to honour all those people who have had an association with the ACT and who have served their country in war, conflict, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions. It incorporates elements that symbolise these roles throughout the world and the overarching goal of peace. It provides a place for remembrance and contemplation. The Memorial was designed and constructed by Canberra artist Matthew Harding.

This Memorial is a tribute to the service of so many people, some of whom have lost their lives.

The records of the people honoured by this Memorial are at External Link

An ascending spiral of stainless steel tubes surrounds a 1.4 metre bluestone basalt sphere which is etched with the words Courage, Loyalty and Mateship. The memorial space is a circular paved zone designed to meld with the current landscape setting. The design of the ground plane is comprised of concentric and radial banding representing the global lines of longitude and latitude, which radiate from the sphere. 

This memorial was dedicated on 10 August 2006 by ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope MLA.

Matthew Harding
ACT Memorial, 2006
Stainless steel, bluestone basalt, glass and lighting
Ainslie Place median, London Circuit, Civic