Painting the Hills of Canberra

The concept for this body of work was a less well-known aspect of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin's plan for the design of Canberra, early in the twentieth century. Their grand vision was to revegetate or 'paint' the hills of Canberra each in a single colour of flowering plants, predominately Australian flora. My idea in researching this subject was to investigate the environmental and botanical history of the Canberra area through archival material, and to connect this knowledge to botanical research in the field. For the installation I surrounded each 'hill' with small vessels, depicting either a plant listed in Marion Griffin's botanical notebooks or one growing currently.

 

Painting the Hills of Canberra, 2013. CraftACT: Craft and Design Centre, Canberra. Images: Andrew Sikorski-Art Atelier