Taylor Cullity Lethlean (TCL) with Paul Thompson have taken the idea of curated gardens out of the realm of European structure and given it back to the Australian natural landscape.
Using a range of sculptural and artistic landscape elements and incoporating those most iconic, vivid Australian colours, red earth, deep greens and blue sky (on a clear day of course), the designers have created an educational and rich experience for visitors.
An exploration of Australians’ relationship with their surroundings, The Australian Garden could only have worked on this large scale.
“The garden expresses this tension between Australians’ reverence and sense of awe for the natural landscape, and their innate impulse to change it, to make it into a humanly contrived form, beautiful yet their own work,” TCL explain.
The garden consists of several zones, from ‘abstracted woodlands’ and sand gardens on the western side to more structured highly designed gardens on the eastern side. A large waterway divides these two personalities, ‘mediating’ between the natural and human derived elements. A large sculptural wall of red rusted steel interlocking blocks (like a rugged escarpment) designed by Greg Clrake, runs along the side of the creek.
The Australian Garden aims to show visitors the benefits and natural beauty of Australian landscapes and flora. Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Paul Thompson are now working on Stage two of the gardens, due for completion in 2011.