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27 FEB & 27 MAR 2022.
UNESCO Heritage Listed Carlton Gardens, Narrm/Melbourne, AUS.
Offerings (First iteration) 1200mm W x 1400mm H x 1200mm D. Indigenous plants, compressed rice husks, mirrored perspex, recycled card, soil, pine.
"The garden is a mirror of the maker and the user, in whom it is reflected simultaneously." (de Jong, 2020, p.11).
Offerings is an ephemeral installation rooted in relational aesthetics and employs the act of giving plants away as its catalyst. Participants are invited to take a plant and plant it somewhere, be it in their garden or in a public space. Each species of plant has been selected for the benefits they bestow on Melbourne's indigenous insect populations, such as the minute brown scavenger beetle and the blue-banded bee.
Through this act of giving away plants, many social outcomes are possible, participants are offered an opportunity to be in an active dialogue with their local biosphere and to contribute to and co-create with the land that they inhabit.
This project was supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.
Plants sourced from the Victoria Indigenous Nursery Co.
Offerings (Second iteration) 1200mm W x 1400mm H x 1200mm D. Indigenous plants, compressed rice husks, mirrored perspex, recycled card, soil, pine.
Vittadinia cervicularis (Annual New Holland Daisy) Locally rare
Chloris truncata (Windmill grass)
Callistemon sieberi (River bottlebrush)
Cullen tenax (Emu foot) Locally rare
Poa ensiformis (Purple-sheathed tussock grass)
Pommaderris lanigera (Woolly pomaderris)
Acacia mearnsii (Black wattle)
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