We take a look at the Morning Star tapestry displayed in the Sir John Monash Centre in France.

23 April 2018

Designed by Australian war artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, the Morning Star tapestry commemorates the 46,000 Australians lost in the battle on the Western Front during the First World War.

The tapestry depicts winter dawn light illuminating a pathway through eucalypt trees and bush as young soldiers head to war. It aims to illustrate the Australian soldiers’ experience of going to war with the memories of their home.

The Morning Star measures 2.6 metres by 5.6 metres and was woven by a team at the Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne, taking more than 4000 hours to complete.

The tapestry was first displayed at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne from 22 January to 25 February before being transported to its permanent home at the Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux in France.

The tapestry is a visual representation of the impact of war and provides a lasting legacy for all Australians, honouring our soldiers and providing insight into their experiences, and helping to educate international audiences about Australia’s role in the First World War.

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green have been war artists in Iraq and Afghanistan and have held over 30 exhibitions in Australia and internationally.

The tapestry project received $89,860 through the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, which is part of the Government’s national program to commemorate a century of Service by Australia’s servicemen and women.

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Image: Work in progress, Morning Star, 2017, Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, woven by Pamela Joyce, Leonie Bessant, Chris Cochius, Jennifer Sharpe and Cheryl Thornton, wool and cotton, 2.5m x 5.04m.Photograph: Jeremy Weihrauch