A new sculpture paying tribute to the suffering of war and service is set to be unveiled at the National War Memorial.

The new work will be made up of a field of sculpted Australian pearl marble droplets, titled ‘Every drop shed in anguish

Artist, Alex Seton’s piece was selected to be installed on the grounds of the memorial, following consultation with veterans, their families, ex-service organisations and the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs.

“Every droplet has a unique shape, defined by its delicate surface tension, as if about to burst. Their rounded liquid forms suggest blood, sweat or tears — for every drop ever shed in anguish.” Seton said.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said the sculpture would provide a permanent place at the Australian War Memorial in recognition of those who have experienced and witnessed the ongoing traumas that can result from military service.

“This sculpture will be an enduring recognition for those affected by military service and serve as a reminder to us all of the about impact of service on some of our personnel and their families, but importantly, provide them with hope and healing.”

The sculpture still needs the final approval of the National Capital Authority, where it’s then expected it will take two years to complete, set to be on display in the second half of 2023.