The National Arboretum. Photo credit: Jordan McSweeney

Until the 27th of May 2018, a special photographic exhibition that aims to raise awareness about Australia’s Avenues of Honour will be on display at the National Arboretum’s Village Centre, home to some of the most lovely architecture in the ACT.

The showcase commemorates and honours Australia’s military history, in particular the ANZAC’s at Gallipoli and WWI.

The event has a more noble purpose than most, one that goes far beyond simple artistic expression. Avenues of Honour are memorial avenues of trees where each tree symbolises a person who fought and died in battle, particularly during World War 1.

‘Avenues of Honour’, serves as a showcase for photographer Sarah Wood, whose love for photographic documentation, exhibitions and history has proven to be a winning combination for over 9 years now.

Impressively, ’Avenues of Honour’ has managed to set itself apart from the standard, run-of-the-mill exhibitions that are becoming all too common here in Canberra.

This is thanks to Wood’s incredible photographs, all 43 of which successfully convey her heartfelt connection with nature, show off the Australian landscape in truly remarkable fashion and help visitors appreciate the sacrifices of our brave service men and women in what will be a new way for many.

Wood’s work on display. Photo credit: Jordan McSweeney.

In recent years, the Avenues have come under the threat of drought and neglect. On top of that, the tradition has become less and less familiar with younger generations.

“I think everybody should come out and see this”, said Dana Phillips, a long-time admirer of Wood’s photography.

“What Sarah’s done here is so beautiful and haunting and this is the perfect opportunity for people not only to familiarise themselves with her work but to learn about a great Aussie tradition that needs saving.”

‘Avenues of Honours’ is free of entry and showing every Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 4pm.

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