3 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
This is an exhibition of otherness for me. Gardening is not my thing. However I have always had a sense of awe at well designed outdoor spaces. As a parallel to the historical exhibition next door the State Library of NSW has an exhibition of contemporary, beautifully designed and executed gardens.
Some of these gardens are small geometric and highly structured. Others are more rambling and follow more free form look. As I looked through the large format photographs and back lit screens I concluded that none of these gardens were low maintenance.
The gardens have a beauty in the way they combine landscape, buildings and plants of various kinds shapes sizes colours. While not into this I love the creativity and devotion people put into this type of activity.
Pics and web page below
3 September 2016 – 15 January 2017
The State Library has huge resources when it mounts historical exhibitions. Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens takes a look at the practices that Europeans have developed in forming gardens in Australia over the last couple of centuries. True to form the State library has mined the archives and produced fabulous books, illustrations, photographs and objects of interests from a dominant field of social activity. I am not much of a gardener but have been surrounded by people who are wonderfully creative in the work they do in their gardens.
Hours can go by in an exhibition like this because the objects are always so well supported bu well written text on the walls and in the display cases. I have included below a selection of pictures but I am sure a complete recording of it would take over 1,000.
In the Information Centre at the National Arboretum there is a gorgeous multi faceted exhibition that tells the story of the great project that is the National Arboretum.
The exhibition is mounted in a dozen large glass topped display tables and each interestingly shaped tables that are topically laid out with great photos, embedded objects and great information panels. The Arboretum is a project that is working on lots of levels. There are the trees. There is the idea of 100 Forests. There is cultural heritage. There is species conservation. There is international cooperation. The bushfire recovery is also part of it. The display takes all these elements and weaves them into an attractive and informative narrative.
Pics below but as it is all under highly reflective glass they do not do the displays justice.
21 Oct – 15 Nov 2015
I Teach year 7 and the students are looking at ways to improve the livability of their suburbs. Today I saw an exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre of landscape design students from the University of Canberra. The UC students produced three panel mock ups of solutions of a feature to make communities better. It was inspiring to me just to absorb the wide range of considerations that were woven into their designs so I will use their approach in teaching the students on Monday.
Their projects included some park solutions at Marulan, a park facility at Mulligans flat, a landscape response to embed the Islamic centre into the southern suburb of Monash and an art/ sculpture park at Queanbeyan. Each project was addressed by two students with different emphasis and all of them wove wider considerations into their project. The panels were huge so it is hard to put them with this post but I will include some detail shots I liked.
This was a beautiful exhibition embedded in a love for nature in look and materials. I am glad that part of it was behind glass because its exciting texture look made me want to touch most bits.
Each of the little squares in some of the work below have different surfaces and composition in a delightfully varied way.