A First World War commemorative space and development of a First World War resource centre at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport – opened on 5 March 2015.
The WW100 Commemorative Pavilion, the sculpture and new AD Boyle room was officially opened at the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum by Hon Maggie Barry, on Thursday 5 March 2015. It is intended as a place of reflection and contemplation. This beautiful new community facility is now open to the public and is a multi-purpose space designed for the smooth delivery of education programmes, lectures, temporary exhibitions and functions.
The centrepiece of the pavilion is a sculpture by Devonport artist Helen Pollock called As Above, So Below, commissioned by the Museum. The bronze and water sculpture acknowledges the struggle and sacrifice of those who served at sea during the First World War, depicting the nobility of their commitment and acknowledging the often appalling conditions they had to endure.
It features a ‘archaic’ bronze ladder stretching seemingly infinitely above and below – a nautical Jacob’s ladder and a universal symbol of ascent. It was dedicated by the Rt Rev Bishop of Auckland Ross Bay and the Navy Chaplain Colin Mason earlier in that week