The Winged Victory (2015)

The original Winged Victory, commissioned by Council, was created by Marrickville sculptor Gilbert Doble in 1919 as a World War I memorial. In 2008 safety concerns were raised about the condition of the statue and the work was decommissioned and is now a focal point in the World War I Galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. This work is the largest known bronze casting memorial in Australia standing over four metres tall and is described by the Australia War Memorial as ‘one of the most significant WWI monuments in Australia.

The new Winged Victory sculpture that can be seen at the front of Marrickville Town Hall was manufactured by Meridian – a Melbourne-based fine art foundry – to a design by artists Peter Corlett and Darien Pullen. The figure of Nike, the goddess of victory, holds a laurel wreath of peace in one hand and a raised sword in the other. In the new interpretation, the sword was lowered in a gesture of peace. Her downturned eyes recognise the great sacrifices made by the local community during World War I.

The Winged Victory is the emblem of the Marrickville Heritage Society.

  • Site: Marrickville Town Hall
  • Artists: Peter Corlett and Darien Pullen

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Page last updated: 03 Sep 2021