When we decided to visit Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, we expected to be wowed by the natural beauty of the plants, trees and flowers. What we did not expect to see were the beautiful sculptures that are situated around the Main Lake. Each of the sculpture has a nicely scripted narrative about our relationships with plants and the environment. These eight sculptures were installed in 2015 as part of the Lakeside Trail, a one-kilometre loop around the Main Lake that allow people who are not able or do not have the inclination to tackle the other steep trails of the gardens.
Miracle of Life (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Sculpture one is called 'The Miracle of Life' with the message that 'We exist only because plants exist; We eat because plants convert sunlight into food; We breathe oxygen that plants produce; We drink water that is purified by plants.'
Next along the trail is the 'Wood' sculpture informing us that 'Wood is the backbone of the biggest living things; It has so many uses that it's beautiful; So beautiful, we use it almost everywhere; We have always surrounded ourselves with wood.'
Water (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The third sculpture, 'Water' tells us about the importance of water to plant life – The flow of life follows the flow of water; This garden grows because this water flows through every root, leaf and stem.'
Natural Habitats (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
It is amazing how every bit of space in nature has a purpose. The 'Natural Habitats' sculpture states that 'Every life has a niche that it calls home; Plants that live in shade, birds nesting in trees; Insects drinking nectar, humans eating fruit; We are all naturally drawn to our habitats.'
Beauty (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Beauty' sculpture was very popular with the visitors. Many of them were posing within the frame for a memorable photograph. We had to wait for our turn to take a picture of the sculpture.
The Senses (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Senses' sculpture describes how we live through our senses - 'We are connected through experiences; Every moment recorded, every smell a memory; Every touch changes us forever; We live in this world only through our senses.'
The Sun (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The last two sculptures depict the universe. First up is 'The Sun', the provider of energy – 'Life on earth is only possible because of stars; Almost every element on earth was made inside a star; We feed off the energy provided by our star, the sun; And one distant day we will be consumed by it.'
Planet Earth (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Last but not least is the 'Planet Earth' sculpture – 'This earth is our home; A small blue marble in a vast space of nothing; We must give it what it needs to flourish; So that it can do the same for us.'