Australian Sailor Monument
The Australian Sailor Monument will be a unique public sculpture that acknowledges the role of sailors in the discovery, settlement, development and defence of Australia and, in particular, the port city of Fremantle in Western Australia. The project to build the monument coincides with the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy.
Construction of a magnificent monument will begin soon, celebrating 100 years—and more—of men and women protecting and serving the nation at sea.
Themed around a huge solar clock, a great ship-shaped shadow will soon inexorably trace the path of Australian maritime and naval history across the surface of the historic north mole at Rous Head. The great central gnomon of the monument at the entry to Fremantle harbour will be scaled to be visible from below the horizon and, at 20m long, will be one of the longest in the world.
Through this monument, Western Australia will salute the sailors who played such a significant part in the history of the State and who served their country both at sea and on land. It will forever mark their passage in shadow, steel and stone under the great Australian sun.
The Department of Defence and the Royal Australian Navy have pledge $400,000 for the construction of the Australian Sailor Monument and another $250,000 from the Western Australian State Government. Unfortunately this falls well short of the $1.9million target that is needed to see this plan become a reality. Details on how to donate, and more information on the project, can be found at http://www.australiansailormonument.com.au