Lead bullets find poignant use

KIND ACT: Trentham artist Ron Davis at work in his studio. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A TRENTHAM artist is transformingrecycled lead bullets used by former soldiersintohandmade poppies to raise money for the RSL.

The idea came asRonDavis was walking through the forest in Kyneton and stumbledacross a rifle range that dated back to 1906.

As he got closer, he noticed tinybullets sticking up from the ground.

“The range was usedby the Light Horse Brigade andVolunteer Defence Corps so I wanted to make something meaningful out of their contribution,”he said.

“I’ve been collecting them for four years and it’s turned out to be one of the most powerful small pieces of artwork I’ve ever created.”

The project holds personal significance for him, with his grandad serving in World War II in the Battle of the River Plate.

“These guys gave us their lives and the lead bullet says a lot,” he said.

“Themilitary and police still carry them and they ultimatelyprotectour shores.

“I want toget that message across.”

Mr Davis has a background in lead roofing and has worked on many historic buildings in London.

He has been recycling scrap lead into works of art for many years.

“I constantly heard bad press about lead, but if itwasn’t for lead, the world would stop,” he said.

“Every moving vehicle is runby a lead battery and it’sperfectly safe.”

The poppies are on sale from Trentham Newsagent, or can be purchased by contacting Mr Davis on0424 800 060.

He will make 303 poppies, representing the .303 lead bullets used in the project; he hopes to raise $6000.

Read MrDavis’poem about the lead bullet project here:

Fired from a rifle, a gun they sound

fly through the air, some fall to the ground

covered in soil and grass they lay

100 years we remember, our heroes this day

Now rise the bullets recycled from the past

A beautiful poppy that will ever last

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