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The Central National Area
Commemoration in the Capital
Setting the scene
All cultures create objects and emblems whose purpose is to commemorate the celebration of historical moments, events, people or ideas that have meaning and value for the community at large. Commemorative works such as memorials are a physical expression of unity and beliefs within a community. As permanent objects, their strength resides in the fact that they will remain a lasting physical feature to be acknowledged by future generations. Such works, when located within a country's capital city, have a special ‘national significance'. Canberra's memorials inform current and future generations of the values held by the Australian community at particular points in time.
Use the COMMEMORATION IN THE CAPITAL map to complete the following activity.
What to do
- Become familiar with Peace Park, near the National Library of Australia.
- Become familiar with Peace Parks located around the world.
- Create a new design for Canberra's Peace Park with commemorative ideas or events sympathetic to the surrounding landscape and scenic views.
Use these criteria for your Peace Park design:
- Your design must fit within the given space indicated on the COMMEMORATION IN THE CAPITAL map.
- Alteration to the established environment should be minimal.
- Include symbols and words of peace.
- Incorporate a recreational area and quiet spaces for reflection.
- Cater for access by people with disabilities and the elderly.
- Consider how your design can relate to significant events in Australian history as symbols that all Australians can relate to.
Once you have completed your design for Peace Park, create a multimedia presentation which showcases your achievement.
COMMEMORATION IN THE CAPITAL