On the occasion of Venice Biennale, for Australian architecture pavilion, curators Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright, of Baracco+Wright Architects collaborated with artist Linda Tegg to create Grasslands Repair, a reconstruction of 10,000 plants of the grasslands of the South-eastern Victoria.
The work has followed “Repair” theme, promoted by the artistic event with a press release that explains how architecture can “play a role in the repair of the places to which it belongs” and create new solutions for the future. The installation extends itself over a large part of the pavilion to its outer space, with pedestrian crossings that allow viewers to move among the 65 species of plants from the western plains.
Considering that only one percent of grasslands of the mid-18th century federated state of Victoria still exists, due to the massive urbanization, the artist decided to visually and realistically show the actual space occupied by vegetation. As she explains:
“The area of plants exhibited is similar to that taken up by the pavilion, it is also a smaller area than that of an average Australian family house. Such an area takes around an hour to bulldoze.”
The garden in the pavilion uses LEDs as a source of artificial light because the walls and ceiling of the structure block the sun. Throughout the Biennale films exploring the theme of Repair are projected onto the walls, including “Ground”, by Baracco + Wright and Tegg in collaboration with David Fox. The garden wants to be able to arouse awareness in the viewer, to show the real damage of policies and production systems that need a drastic change.