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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
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Look at what this garden is sprouting!

I have to give it to Brisbane City Council. Autumn in the Gardens is not as bright as during other seasons, so they thought up a good plan to add a little more colour, a lot of panache and some beautiful artwork to keep you going back for more.

We are lucky to have it all happening from the 7th of May to the 16th and let me tell you it has taken artists a lot of time and effort to install everything, so the least we can do is go along and enjoy it. I had a sneak preview - which is what I am sharing with you all - but there is so much more. Come along on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights when you will find additional programmes and fun activities from 5- 10 pm. It is a free event and part of Brisbane Art Design - BAD.

This is Simon Eisler's Museum of Our Lost World, where what we have left of our world are many many bones, making us think about the past and the present and how we deal with them. Here they form an interesting and different planting in the central garden.

Georgie Pinn in Ripple has created the most amazing circles out of jute which cause ripples. We are asked to remember that human beings are approximately 60% water, a commodity which is precious but which can be destructive as well. How do we relate to nature and what is precious and needs nurturing as opposed to that which is destructive?

Georgie Pinn's ripples

Then we have some explosions of colour which take us to a different world - that of Hiromi Tango, who developed what she calls Heartbeat 2021. A mass of colour and warmth spilling out in many directions.



The gardens are a wonderful place to stroll in on such beautiful autumnal days. There is a lot of nature there to see and admire as well as the artwork - and our eyes should be receptive to both and indeed sometimes see how the two can overlap.

A moorhen in amongst the lilies
A moorhen in amongst the lilies

Bamboo and their husks

To find out what is on offer, press here.

There are displays during the day, pop-up eateries and bars, displays at night and twilight walks, discovery trails, hands-on workshops and so much more.

Go along and explore all our City Botanic Gardens have to offer here and now - another of the intriguing artworks.

Here and Now
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Why? Beautiful contemporary art work in gardens
When: 07.05.21- 16.05.21
Where: City Botanic Gardens
Cost: Free
Your Comment
A well described article Marina. The art is different yet good to look at.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|2573) 40 days ago
Very creative and colourful, Marina!
by Elaine (score: 3|8195) 40 days ago
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