The art of war goes on display

Artist Tony Pankiw at work with one of the soldiers in the background.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d441145
Artist Tony Pankiw at work with one of the soldiers in the background. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        d441145

OSBORNE Park artist Tony Pankiw says he is thrilled to showcase his work at the annual Army Art exhibition at Leeuwin Barracks this August.

Pankiw said it took close to two months to build the aluminium sculptures, which were originally exhibited at the Albany Sculpture in the Harbour exhibition, commemorating the centenary of World War I.

“I had these sculptures made especially for Albany, but since then they have been travelling around,” Pankiw said.

“It was very hard work getting the soldiers made up, there were lots of bits and pieces that needed to be put together.”

Specialising in site-specific sculptures, Pankiw’s artwork is featured in schools, hospitals, prisons and commercial residential buildings.

The 2.4m high “marching soldiers” honour the Australian soldiers who departed from Albany to Gallipoli.

The Army Art exhibition runs from August 7-9, raising funds for Angel Hands and Soldier On.

In its 41-year existence, Army Art has raised more than $780,000 for charity.