Grasslands (State Library of Victoria), 2014, Linda Tegg
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Before Europeans arrived in Victoria, much of what is now the city of Melbourne was covered in extraordinarily diverse flowering grassland. This spring, award-winning Melbourne artist Linda Tegg is transforming the front steps and forecourt of the State Library into a re-creation of that lushly planted landscape in Grasslands, a grand meditation on nature versus culture.
Created using hundreds of specially grown native plants – banksia, red gum, kangaroo grass, dichondra, dianella – Linda Tegg's Grasslands installation is a breathtaking transformation of one of our city's most well-loved public spaces, and a profound reflection on humanity’s destructive drive to dominate the landscapes we live in.
The Grasslands project is presented in association with the Melbourne Festival (10–26 October) and is supported by University of Melbourne – Burnley Campus, Department of Resource Management and Geography. Grasslands is the result of Linda's 2012 Georges Mora Foundation Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria.
Grasslands bus tour
In association with the State Library, Friends of Burnley Gardens invite you to take a special Grasslands bus tour on Saturday 25 October. The tour includes visits to fabulous native grasslands in flower, the installation at the Library and a specialist Western Plains flora nursery.