A living public art project on Sydney Road! 

From 30 April – 21 May the speaker’s plinth outside the Counihan Gallery in Brunswick will be transformed into a piece of living and growing public art.  

Bloomtown explores the intersection of street art and urban gardening in the context of climate change. The work is manifested through the creation of a ‘living illustration’ that depicts scenes of Melbourne’s urban sprawl being transformed into a bright green future. The project includes native plants that have a strong connection to the biodiversity of the City of Moreland and Brunswick area.

The work is a collaboration from Tanja Beer, Gisela Beer and Ashlee Hughes

About the artists

Tanja Beer

Tanja is an award winning ecological designer and Academic Fellow in Performance Design and Sustainability (Ecoscenography) at the Melbourne School of Design (University of Melbourne, Australia). Her practice-led research integrates public art and theatre-making with urban ecology. Tanja’s most significant work is The Living Stage, a global initiate that combines stage design, permaculture and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable and edible performance spaces.

Gisela Beer

Gisela graduated from the Faculty of Art and Design at Monash University with a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Honours) in 2014. During her studies she won the Deans Art Most Outstanding Illustration Award in 2013 and the Honours Project Award for her work ‘Typeplayer’ in 2014. She currently works as a graphic designer in the publishing industry and as a freelance illustrator. She specialises in editorial design for print with an interest in typography and type design, as well as in illustration using digital and traditional media.

Ashlee Hughes

A graduate of Victorian College of the Arts Production course, Ashlee designs and make Set, Props and puppets. In 2013 Ashlee went to New York and undertook an internship with Phantom Limb Puppetry company, to learn puppetry making skills, this has inspired puppet installations as a part of “Scenes on the Yarra”, a project that connects people with their local waterways through performance. She has a keen interest in sustainability and site specific projects that engage with the natural world. 

This project was developed in partnership with Moreland City Council Public Art  in conjunction with our current exhibition Flow and CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017. We also have an exciting series of free public programs about climate change, sustainability and creativity. For more details see our Talks, forums and workshops page

Part of CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 - a festival of exhibitions and events harnessing the creative power of the Arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change. 

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Image: Illustration by Gisela Beer

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