Kiwi artist's work at centre of Battle of Messines centenary ceremony
Auckland artist Helen Pollock is in Belgium where her sculpture was at the centre of the centenary ceremony for the WWI Battle of Messines.
Pollock's interest was sparked by her father having fought in WWI.
Her work, Victory Medal, was unveiled at the June 7 commemoration by Dame patsy Reddy the New Zealand Governor General.
Other dignitaries laid roses, the Messines symbol of peace, around Victory Medal.
The New Zealand Army chaplain, and the RNZ Navy Maori cultural advisor, Jack Rudolph blessed the work.
In April, Pollock and fellow artist from Devonport on Auckland's North Shore Tony McNeight travelled to Arras where their shared installation, combining Victory Medal and Poppies of Peace, were at the heart of centenary celebrations for the Battle of Arras.
New Zealand soldiers had a significant role in both battles. In Messines, there were 3700 New Zealand casualties, of whom 700 died.