Part of Visual Arts series.
PRESENTED BY STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA IN ASSOCIATION WITH MELBOURNE FESTIVALIn the contemporary bustle of Melbourne’s CBD, few of us can conceive what the landscape would have looked like prior to white settlement.
This October, Melbourne artist and Library Fellow Linda Tegg orchestrates Grasslands, a grand meditation on nature versus culture at the State Library of Victoria. Working with experts at The University of Melbourne Department of Resource Management and Geography, Tegg selected a plethora of specially grown native plants and grasses with which to restore the imposing stone forecourt of the Library to an imagined primordial wilderness.
The result is a breathtaking reclamation of one of the city’s best-loved public spaces, which recalls nature past and provokes reflection on the inexorable march of progress in the name of culture.
CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS - LINDA TEGG ARTIST TOUR
Mon 13 Oct at 5pm
Go behind the scenes on an artist tour with Linda Tegg. Bookings required.
CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS - PANEL DISCUSSION
Wed 15 Oct at 6pm
Join Grasslands artist Linda Tegg and a panel including horticulturalists and historians as they explore the history and ecology of native grasslands. Bookings required.
Melbourne Festival Creative Associate - Visual Arts: Louise Neri
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project is also supported by The University of Melbourne, Department of Resource Management and Geography. Grasslands is the result of a Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship.
Image: Linda Tegg, Grasslands
(site test, State Library of Victoria), 2014