“Roma is famous for it’s abundance of Brachyciton rupestris, the Queensland Bottle Tree. More than 90 line Roma’s Heroes Avenue, planted to commemorate soldiers from the region who lost their lives in the First World War. As 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WW1, it seemed appropriate to revisit that symbolism, reinterpreted in rolled steel plate.
Ashburn and Wilson are the first and last soldiers listed on the Cairn located outside Roma’s Post Office. The sculptures are named for these two. Like book ends, they stand for themselves and everyone in between. Two sentinels to remind us of the sacrifice of many. And though they appear the same, different coloured interiors show us they are also individuals.
Standing at the entrance to the Roma Regional Airport, “Ashburn Wilson” welcome and farewell visitors and locals alike. In a place of arrivals and departures, comings and goings, happiness and sadness, they serve as a fitting memorial to the courage of our forebears.”
ASHBURN WILSON Steel 2014 Winner, 2014 Santos Acquisitive Sculpture Award 2014