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Alice at Edward

October 19, 2009

Very exciting news… I have been selected to create work for a project at the Alice/Edward Streets entry to the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens! Working with UAP, I will be designing a ground plane artwork to run across the new pavers being laid as part of the redevelopment of this site. Currently a bus turnaround and lay-down, the site will become a meeting point, a place in which to enjoy the vista over the Brisbane River and a refreshed entry to these historic gardens.

Over 125 years old, the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens have evolved under the guardianship of nine curators, taking on a different focus through each era of stewardship. Originally the “Government Garden” supplied fruit and vegetables to the Brisbane colony and has expanded to support an ever-growing number of indigenous and exotic plants.

While continuing work on the Mentorship Residency, I have begun research on the Alice @ Edward project regarding plants in the garden’s collection with investigative trips to the State Library of Queensland, the Brisbane City Council Library at Mount Coo-tha and the Queensland Herbarium. I had the pleasure today of looking through the most amazing replica of an original Ferdinand Bauer illustrated book on native Australian plants. I have developed a new love of botanical illustrations! See below for some examples of Bauer’s work…

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