For the first time in Australian history a Victoria Cross recipient of modern day warfare has been immortalised in the form of a statue. Today, Saturday November 5, a plethora of VIP guests assembled at Currumbin RSL for the unveiling of a seven foot bronze statue of Corporal Cameron Baird VC, MG. “This statue will honour not only Cameron as Australia’s 100th VC recipient, but all the 41 soldiers that were killed in Afghanistan and will stand as a representation of Australia’s modern day warfare” says Cpl Baird’s father, Doug Baird. His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Lady Cosgrove, Keith Payne VC OAM DSC SS (US), Daniel Keighran VC, Chief of the Defence Force Mark Binskin AC, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Director of the Australia War Memorial, the Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson AO, BMBS, FRANCP (Hon), FAMA were among the honoured guests. The statue was been created by Scott Edwards from ‘Naked Army’. Founded in 2005, Naked Army is a Recognised Defence Supplier with its aim to help create tangible connections between Australia’s proud military history and current generations. The sculpture started as a 12” study, which was completed during 2015 and served two purposes; as a collectable piece to help Cam’s Cause raise funds and as the basis for the monumental sculpture, which in turn was sculpted over a 4 month period in 2016, and then transported to the Sydney Foundry for casting in bronze. “In the initial designs for the monument I originally intended a strong, informal but heroic pose; portraying a man who knows the ground he fights on – a sculpture that conveyed Cameron’s tremendous physicality but showed little emotion.” said Scott “Doug and Kaye Baird suggested we bring out Cameron’s personality more, removing the ballistic eyewear which had been proposed, and showing one of Cameron’s traits – his perpetual half-grin. The sculpt relied heavily on photography from Cameron’s family and fellow soldiers”. Both the 12” and memorial size sculpts were completed using traditional materials and techniques. The monumental sculpt was hand-sculpted using clay over a steel frame, and then cast in bronze.
A Heroic Life Still Inspires - The Unveiling of the Cpl. Cameron Baird VC MG Statue