Air Force pendentive - Hall of Memory, Australian War Memorial

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This Hall of Memory mosaic pendentive, in the Canberra memorial, features the Air Force.

In the remaining walls of a cathedral, the flying officer stands and surveys the destruction of beauty and human ideals. He is inspired to defend his tradition. The sculptured "wyvern" grins down sardonically on man's stupidity, and on the perverted ingenuity by which he can destroy in a few moments what has taken centuries to build.

The idea is sustained symbolically in the decapitated saint and mutilated hand and book, and, from above, the rain of missiles. In two generations this youngest of the services has built up its wonderful tradition of prowess and the noble one of chivalry.

Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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