Sydney CBD - The BIG Bullets

BIG Bullets in Sydney
Artist: Tony Albert
 
I absolutely loved the story behind this sculpture. Most of us see a 'BIG Things of Australia' bucket list item and fail to realize it's actually a war memorial.

So the Sculptures called 'Yininmadyeemi, thou didst let fall' by Tony Albert

Ever hear of a guy named Eddie Albert?

Eddie was 29 when he signed up for war during WWII in 1940.
He went through the usual training and later that year was deployed to the Suez Canal.
He didn't arrive at his destination though due to a very clever German Spy dressed as a British soldier. The spy gave them directions into the desert where a gun battle ensued and a surrender lead to Eddie's capture. 

Eddies fate was to spend the next 4 years in prison camps but prison officers soon learnt Eddie was a slippery fella. 
Eddie, along with 6 other men, escaped and took refuge in a neighboring town but weren't long recaptured. 

To send a message prison officers executed 3 of the escaped prisoners and took the remaining four back to camp. 
This is the significance of the sculpture.

Four standing bullets and three spent shells.

Tony chose bullets as they were a strong symbol of war and yes, the artist (Tony Albert) is a descendant of Eddie Albert.



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