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Sydney, Australia

ANZAC War Memorial, Hyde Park (South), Sydney. Completed: 1934,

Architect: C. Bruce Dellit, Sculpture: George Rayner Hoff, Bult: Kell & Rigby, Period: Interwar Period, Style: Art Deco,


It is a highly powerful and symbolic monument representing the sacrifice of war. It is blocky and buttressed, set on a broad podium and topped with the stepped apex of the Art Deco ziggurat. It is embellished by Rayner Hoffs' expressive sculptures that involve the viewer in scenes of war.


The Memorial is the dominant element in the southern portion of Hyde Park. It includes the Pool of Reflection and associated plantings, seeds for which were collected from Gallipoli and northern France. The Memorial is historically significant as an expression of public grief and sense of sacrifice following Australian involvement in World War I, aesthetically significant as the finest work of architect C. Bruce Dellit, as one of the finest examples of Inter-war Stripped Classical and Art Deco styles in Australia, and as an examplar of the work of renowned sculptor Rayner Hoff.

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Taken on February 27, 2012