Elephant Rock at Currumbin Beach at the Gold Coast was decorated for ANZAC Day this year with a spectacular cascading ‘river’ of 5000 poppies created from recycled plastic bottles. Designed by local artist Lynne Adam, each poppy was made by school children from local schools, and would make an ideal durable but environmentally-friendly school project to celebrate ANZAC Day in 2016.
Each poppy was made from the top halves of two 600ml plastic bottles and Lynne’s partner, Tony Butler, assisted by cutting 10,000 bottles in half. Each was then cut to form petals and two were fitted together to make one flower. The plastic sides of the bottles were folded back to form petals, and then painted red underneath. Tony also drilled two holes each in 5000 caps: these formed the centre of each flower, and cable-ties were threaded through the holes to secure each flower to shark netting. Abseilers then attached the net to the lookout fence at the top of the rock.
1200 students were involved in this amazing project helping, in a stunning way, to commemorate 100 years since our soldiers landed on the beach at Gallipoli.