The ‘Brief’ was to design a small garden of fixed size (3 x 5 metres) to be displayed over a five-day period at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show in 2015.
The theme: ‘Rousseau’s Jungle’ was chosen as a celebration of the paintings of Henri Rousseau. A statement on the concept design follows:
“Plants, water, reflection, sculpture and abstracted forms are used to evoke lush jungle and exotic tigers, in a tribute to Henri Rousseau’s Jungle paintings.
Cut screens abstract the patterns of overlapping fern or palm fronds, while the simplified tiger shape pauses at the pool’s edge before drinking. His reflection reaches out towards the viewer.
Palm leaf patterns are repeated throughout in the ferns and cycads, forming vertical movement, while a Brugmansia understory creates contrasting horizontal mass. An interplay of green foliage contrasts against the bold warm tones of the sculpture.
The tiger fixes us with his eyes and his brooding stare asks the question:
Is there still a place for us in today’s world? “
Check out how the tiger was made on the ‘Building the tiger’ page.