Work is well underway on the new $ 60 million Australian Botanical Garden’s Mount Annan Herbarium and now the garden is looking for a local artist to add its twist.
The garden, with support from the state government and the Australian Institute of Botanical Sciences, invited First Nations artists or artist groups with close ties to Dharawal country or the Dharawal community to submit an expression of interest for a new public work of art.
The selected artist will develop his concept in close collaboration with the community and the scientific, horticultural and educational teams of the Institute.
The final artwork will be sandblasted onto the concrete floor surface of the East Terrace of the National Herbarium of New South Wales prior to the grand opening.
The EOI period opened on September 21 and will end on October 15. Shortlisted artists will be notified on October 25.
Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust CEO Denise Ora said the garden commissioned a First Nations artist to recognize and celebrate the importance of Mount Annan to the Dharawal community.
“The artwork will respect and recognize the scientific and cultural knowledge systems of the First Nations, and will be linked to collaborative research, education and plant conservation projects undertaken by herbarium staff and communities of the First Nations, ”she said.
“Our vision for the new artwork is that it connects with the culture and community of Dharawal, the living collections of the herbarium and garden, environmental conservation work and the surrounding landscape. “