Grasslands (site test, 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.
This 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.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria. Grasslands has also been supported by the City of Melbourne through the Arts Grant and is sponsored by Flora Victoria.