Australia’s contribution to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale has been revealed, and is now open to the public.
The entry comprises more than 10,000 native Australian grassland plants arranged inside and outside of the Australian Pavilion’s granite structure.
The exhibition, titled “Repair”, has been created by Melbourne architects Louise Wright and Mauro Baracco of Baracco+Wright, and is designed for visitors to “enter a physical dialogue between architecture and the endangered plant community”.
The pavilion will focus on architecture that integrates built and natural systems to effect repair of the environment, and in so doing, mend or improve other societal, economic and cultural conditions.
“What was particularly important in conceiving of and executing this project, was the notion of taking care and taking one’s time,” Mr Baracco said.
“This was deliberately not a short process; from the seeding of these plants eight months ago in Sanremo, nurturing them to life, and ultimately realising the installation in Venice, we wanted to demonstrate that by showcasing a deep sense of care in our process – and by being mindful of the land we occupy as architects – we could hopefully invite our profession (and the broader public) to think about the opportunity that lies in doing so also.”